Yesterday I find a hen exhibiting the same symptoms. I don't feel an egg, so I skip trying to treat her for that and go straight to treating her with silver like I did the previous hen. Sure enough this morning she had some respiratory symptoms. I'm sure since I started giving her silver earlier it helped as tonight her respiratory symptoms are gone. Except, she is weaker and has little control over her body. When I got home from work she was laying on her side and had been pooping on herself all day. Her poop appears normal, except for some recent watery droppings but that is not surprising. She didn't eat today while I was at work so all she had this morning were the fluids I gave her and the dose of silver. She couldn't reach the food and water as she had scooted herself away from it. So I just spent half an hour droppering water into her mouth and feeding her by hand. I heard some gurgling the first couple of droppers of water I gave her that seemed to be coming from her digestive tract.
I don't know if this is the same illness, but it has only affected two Gold Laced Wyandotte hens, I know they are different hens because the first hen to get sick has a rusty gold coloring to her feathers and this one is the one with a more yellow gold look. It hasn't affected the silkies, the buff orpingtons, the red stars, the rhode island red, or the 4 wyandotte pullet chicks. That's also a little strange to me.
My husband said if she is worse in the morning he is going to put her down. I am using the silver because honestly I don't even know what this is. I don't know if it's bacterial, viral... I wouldn't even know where to start with what actual medicine I should be using to treat her.
All of the laying hens, including the two that have been ill, were born in February and we got them from TSC. They told me they came from a hatchery so I assumed they had been vaccinated already.
Is there an illness that causes neurological and respiratory symptoms together? Have I missed something?