As my girls start aging, I'm finding that some breeds age faster than others. My EE and Delaware are all over the place, laying and living it up, but my RRs are aging quicker it seems. They are all just over 3 years old. Only a couple are still laying, but that's ok, we love our featherbutts.
I have one girl who was sick for a bit, respiratory, but bounced back after treatment. She seems older to me now. I've been doing a lot of reading and it seems that wattles and combs can shrink with age? Like a little old lady gets shorter with age? LOL She's still eating and runs for her food like the others still, but she's choosing to roost on the lower shelf instead of jumping up to the higher area with some of the other girls. I'm hoping this is just because she aging and not a sign of anything else.
My girls all have their spots in the shed. lol My turkey hen and my Delaware like to sleep together on a flat on the floor, the reds and my remaining EE like to sleep on or in their lay boxes. But Winnie has decided that she doesn't want to jump up to the top. If I put her up there in her favorite box, she'll snuggle down and sleep there, but only if I put her there.
Could she still be tired from getting over the respiratory thing or maybe that kicked up the aging a bit and she's just old and tired of jumping that high? But her comb is still nice and pink/red but looks smaller. She's still clear-eyed and eating and like I said, runs for watermelon and their food still. I wish I spoke chicken.
Any advice for the aging girls?