Hi! Help me please. My hen, a mottled houdan hen, is about six months old. She was laying an egg a day until about a week ago. I saw a bit of molting so I thought that is why she had stopped. Today, when I went to pick her up, she was almost limp. It had been very cold outside and rainy. I brought the flock into the garage where they sleep at night.
I went to check on the flock and to say goodnight and she was just laying the middle of the pen. I called to her but she didn't respond. She usually screams 'BAWK' when I say her name. I got her out of the pen and she feels so lifeless. The area around her eyes are red. She is lethargic. Some of the feathers on her back have been pecked off. I tried to see if she could walk. I checked her legs.. they seem to be fine but she won't walk. She just sits still. I offered her treats and she did eat a few. I then came in and read that I should isolate her from the flock so I brought her in the house. The chicken chick suggested that she drink lots of water.. so I"ve given her quite a bit.
Oh ya.. as I brought her inside.. watery discharge (clear) came pouring out of her mouth. When i talk to her, she just shuts her eyes. I can force her to drink water by dipping her beak into the water, but she then falls back asleep. She is so lethargic. Everything is closed at the moment. What meds should I give? Are there over the counter antibiotics I can buy at a big box store?? Could this be an impacted egg?? She doesn't smell. I was told that she would smell but there is no smell at all.
Please help me. She is beautiful.
The only other one that is acting funny is one of my roosters has been sneezing for a couple of days. He only did it after he crowed and I thought it was the collar I had on him to keep him from crowing so loudly. He is still very fiesty but i have him isolated too.
Am I about to lose my flock??