Hi everyone. Thank you for providing me with a forum to share and ask questions about my feathered girls.
Sadly today one of my girls died. She hadn't been herself for at least 4 days and her symptoms included lethargy, diarrhoea, weight loss and although she looked to be eating she was really only pecking at her food. I separated her from the flock last Sunday and brought her up to the house for one on one attention but she never recovered. She was up-to-date with her worming and external parasite treatment and FGDE is always added to her grains and her dirt bathing area.
One weird thing I noticed when I found her deceased was that she was on her side with one leg straight back and the other straight forward as if running really fast. I remember reading something a few years ago about this being a characteristic of a chicken dying of a specific illness or disease but I can't find anything on it online today. Has anyone got any information relating to this?
She is an egg-laying hybrid of 2 years. I'm unsure how well she had been laying before she was sick as we have a mixture of ex-battery hens and rescue hens as well as some elderly ladies who are living out their retirement. We don't keep them purely for their egg production but having fresh eggs is a bonus.
Any helpful comments would be gratefully received.