8 week old hen lying down all the time

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  1. jjared

    jjared Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new to chickens, and have 8 week old hens that I am thoroughly enjoying, but my golden sex-link lies down much of the time. I've checked her vent for cleanliness, and that doesn't appear to be an issue. She seems to be growing at the same rate as the others and looks healthy to my untrained eye. She's eating and drinking as well, though she'll sometimes lie down to eat. She gets up and wanders around from time to time, though she walks only 3-5 feet before lying down again. Her personality seems to be very calm and even-tempered. Could this just be her personality or what else should I be looking for?
     
  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls BYC Fan Premium Member Project Manager

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    Welcome to BYC.
    You have 8 chicks that are a week old
    or chicks that are 8 weeks old?
     
  3. jjared

    jjared Out Of The Brooder

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    I actually have 8 chicks that are 8 weeks old. ;)
     
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    KikisGirls BYC Fan Premium Member Project Manager

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    Thanks, I was confused.
    How do her legs and toes/feet look?
     
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    They look normal to me, just like the other chicks', and she doesn't appear to walk funny at all.
     
  7. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls BYC Fan Premium Member Project Manager

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    Maybe she just likes to "rest" more then your others?
    If she seems healthy, is able to move around, eating and drinking well I wouldn't worry too much. ;)
     
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    Thank you. I've been worried, but my husband is convinced she's just a lazy daisy. I'd hate to lose her.....she's a sweetheart!
     
  10. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi Jared and welcome to BYC. I'd suggest giving them all some multivitamins / electrolytes in their drinking water - it will certainly do no harm and may help perk your little one up a bit. You can ask for further advice on this forum - https://www.backyardchickens.com/forums/raising-baby-chicks.11/

    Best wishes
    CT
     

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