Hi. I have recently purchased 2 white silkie chickens. I think they are about 4-6 weeks old. They wont eat anything but grain and grass but the problem now is one of them is sick. I noticed a huge amount of mites on them so I have treated them, my other chickens and their run and nesting boxes. They only go in at night and free range around a small backyard through the day. The other day I found one of the silkies on the other side of the fence and not moving. That's when I noticed all the mites, but that does not explain how she got to the other side of the fence, although she could probably fit through the wire in a pinch. I bought her inside and made her comfortable, I treated the mites ( several times now as there was heaps of them) but she will not eat or drink. I have been force feeding her food and liquid with a syringe.
She walks around now but slowly, tail down and hunched over. Her poos are small, white and watery, about the same as milk. She doesn't really make any sounds except sometimes when I pick her up she makes a small chirp. I am very worried about her. There are no vets here that deal with chickens that I am aware of. She has been like this for about 4 days now. Any ideas of what could be wrong and any help would be most appreciated. Thanks.