I am not new to this site, but just became a member and so I haven't explored all the forums. I will do so once I fix my ailing chicken!
I have a 2.5 yr old buff orpington. I adopted her and 3 of her sisters as well as 4 youth chickens this summer. So far, they have been very healthy. Sugar Bear was laying before she came to us, as far as I know, but it seems the stress of moving here and then moving into a new coop once I had it built made her stop laying. So, as far as I know, she has not laid an egg since at least July. just as an FYI to set the stage...two of her sisters stopped laying around the same time, but 3 of the youngsters are now laying daily.
Anyway, I noticed yesterday that Sugar Bear seemed a little slower than normal. Her comb was also sagging a bit. She was still eating. I noticed that around her vent the feathers were wet and she had white poop on her bottom and she was very red back there. This morning, her comb is even more saggy and is not red, but a bit purplish in color and she is definitely feeling poorly.
I have ZERO knowledge about sick chickens and I want to help! Every other chicken seems ok. All very healthy.
Any ideas would be very much appreciated. I was thinking of bringing her inside in my big tub. We are in Maine and the nights are getting a little chilly!
Thanks so much...