I want to thank the BYC community for threads that I have read over the past few years as different
I have a wee flock of 5 Rhodie Reds in Bozeman. It has been getting down to 40F at night. I found her three mornings ago so weak that I thought she was dead. She called out when I tried to pick her up. So I brought her in the garage and put a lamp on her then read backyard chicken posts to try to determine what might be wrong with her and what to do. So I have tried a few things from your posts, but now believe that I need more customized advise to help my girl get through this. I think I should give her some antibiotics and/or worm treatment next, but wonder what you all think before I do that.
Isolation seemed like a common recommendation so at least I could monitor her and her scat. She didn't poo the first day so I saw recommendations to give her a few cc's of olive oil, I did that twice, last time was yesterday - she poo'ed a little both times and I have seen small but consistent quantities of scat since. Not firm balls of scat but not diarrhea either. I cannot notice any evidence of worm segments in these small amounts of scat.
Yogurt for energy also seemed like a common recommendation. So I've tried to be regular with syringe-fulls of yogurt, a few cc's a few times each of the last few days. After every syringe she drinks a little water and then eats a few pellets and/or bread. I've checked and massaged her crop after she's eaten, doesn't seem hard, and she doesn't seem in pain when I do that. Though I don't really know what I am feeling for, so maybe I am missing something?
Haven't seen mites on her either, but some posts say they can be hard to diagnose.
And lastly, your posts admonish to "check the vent." I've palpated her abdomen, no egg shapes, but I did not use a finger to probe her vent and I don't really know what to feel for if I did because I have not done this palpation before. Maybe she is sitting there a little hunched right now, which some of you have said is classic indicator of being eggbound after all?
Her breastbone pokes out markedly and her breasts are all shriveled up. I picked up one of my healthy girls to compare. She has trouble walking, though I got a little optimistic after she walked around a little outside yesterday in the sun so I put her in an isolated outdoor coup last night with lots of food and water but that was stupid. This AM she was laying on her side (with her legs off to the side, I thought I'd lost her) and very weak so I brought her inside today and she seems to have regained a little strength.
Antibiotics and/or dewormer? Any advice you can offer I would greatly appreciate it.