My gut tells me she's dying but doing a good job of hiding it. After reading many posts, I believe she had/has ascites or some type of tumors growing. Her eyes are bright, but she's getting thin, & her abdomen just won't soften. Nothing helped with the swelling, so at some point she will weaken. Since she eats & poops a little, I decided to bring her outside with me today. Boy she enjoyed her time outside with the flock! She scratched around, ate grass & seeds, dug holes in the mulch, took a long sand bath,and even had the strength to run away from a romantic rooster. A great chicken day! I left her out there to be with her friends until she shows signs of pain. I can look forward to future chicks, but I'd give them all away to have my Cuddles healthy again. She's my 1st lav orp & a very special pet. (Honestly, I'm tearing up at the thought of letting go.) I hope for more time, but do not want her to suffer for my sake. Please pray for me that I may make the right decisions when needed & that our family can deal with our future loss.
I am so sorry to hear that. I will keep Cuddles and all of you in my thoughts and prayers.