- Dec 3, 2016
Hope someone can help. I have a black orpington..about 3 plus years old. Since her last chick rearing 7 months ago she stopped perching, preferring to sleep on the ground. She mounted, started laying again but refusing to perch. About 6 weeks ago she went broody again so I got her day olds as I didn't want her losing too much condition. She co rears the chicks but seems weaker. Staggers a lot and wants to lie down. She is alert eating but not as much as I think she should, preening and dust bathing. I have checked her for lice, bumble foot and I don't think she has scale but piks attached just in case. Any suggestions more than welcome. She is getting weaker but loves her chicks and I worry she will die.My other 5 hens and the chicks are fine.