I have a Nera hen, Lady Marmalade, about 8 months old. Last Monday I took her to the vet because she was just standing about listlessly, not scratching or doing the usual chickeny things, and when I picked her up I realised she had lost a lot of weight - now only 1.5kg (3lb 5oz). The vet thought it was probably egg peritonitis and gave us antibiotics and some anti-inflammatory medication. She also said that if this doesn’t work, probably the kindest thing is to cull her (unless I want to spend a fortune on hormone treatments to stop her laying, which I’m afraid isn’t going to happen).
Lady M has now had 5 days of medication and doesn’t seem to have changed much - she’s still just standing around. She is eating very little, although she can be induced to eat treats in small quantities. I weighed her again this morning and she has lost 50g (2oz) since Monday. I don’t have another Nera as a comparison, but I also weighed a Light Sussex who was about the same size when they were point of lays, and she was nearly 2.5kg (5lb 8oz).
Should I do the deed? I hate culling birds but will do it if I think she’s going to suffer more if I leave her alone. She doesn’t look in agonising pain, but it doesn’t seem right to let her starve to death.