- Mar 29, 2013
Hi everyone! This is one of my first posts, but here goes. So, I just got 2 youngish Lavender Cuckoo Orpingtons from a show up here in Massachusetts. I think they're both hens, but it's hard to tell. Anyway, I brought them home thinking they were completely healthy, since they were coming from a show. How naive of me. I put them in the coop with my other chickens, and when I went out to check on them, one of them looked dead while she was huddling in a corner (she wasn't actually dead, she just looked it), and the other was huddling in a different place. But I'm kicking myself now, because my other chickens have been exposed to these guys, and I should have separated them to begin with. So I brought them inside, and I put them in a box with shavings, food, and water. They immediately started eating the corn and grain I gave them, so they must have been hungry, which makes me think that the person who sold them to me didn't feed them that day. Also when I picked them up, I noticed that both of them were really light, and they didn't have any weight on them like they should. One of them is kind of droopy looking, and sometimes moves her wings up as if she is uncomfortable. However, they are both preening themselves, and they are making little noises, so I'm not sure if they are just weak, or if something is wrong. If anyone can give me any answers on what to do or how to make them feel better, it would be greatly appreciated, thanks!!!!