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Lazy Orpington or Sick ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nikkiwinder, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. nikkiwinder

    nikkiwinder New Egg

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    Helo there,
    I have recently acquired a black orpington hen, she was found roosing in a tree in the countryside and seemed in good condition. Couldn't find her owner so she joined my flock. At first she was wheezing and had a rattly sound to her breathing with the occassional wet sneeze. Seems better now after tlc and remedial care.
    Eating fine, free ranging with the others breathing fine and no sneezes. The only thing I am a bit unsure of is that she lies down a lot. In the pen, in the garden anywhere. Is that just a trait of the breed, is she lazy or should I be concerned. I have checked her feet and legs and cant find anything untoward.

    Thanks, hope you can set my mind at ease
    Regards
    Nikki
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.

    All of my hens sound like this Australorp you are describing. After they eat they find a spot to lounge until they feel the urge to lay and then they head to a nest box.

    I certainly hope you isolated her from the rest of your flock so that they wouldn't also get sick.
     
  3. nikkiwinder

    nikkiwinder New Egg

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    yes, I kept them apart until she was wormed, checked over and settled in.

    She is a lot happier now, comes running over for treats, gobbles them up then has to have a little lie down from the exertion. lol

    I am amazed she escaped the predators in the field she was found in with all the little lie downs she has. Ha Ha

    Anyway, thanks for your reply. That has set my mind at ease. I do fret too much over the chickens sometimes, but I believe in better safe than sorry

    Regards
    Nikki
     
  4. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    She may have come off a truck. You could have saved a slaughterhouse lady- bravo!

    She's probably adjusting, too, happy to be in a cozy spot with reliable feed.
     

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