Please help. I'm new to chickens and am having my first real health issue. I have a 6-month old Barred Rock hen that is lethargic and has been laying around all day. She doesn't seem to be eating or drinking. I even offered her a favorite treat of seeds and she was not interested at all. She spent the whole day laying in one spot outside and did not search for food. My chickens are free range and spend most of their days eating grass and looking for bugs.
- lethargic (sleeping, closing eyes, blinking slowly)
- head pulled in toward body
- tail down
- not eating or drinking
- pulsing rear
- whitish feces near vent
I thought it was possibly an impacted egg so I donned a glove, oiled my finger and gently inserted it in search of an egg. I did not feel one.
My hens are new layers and I'm not sure if she's laying yet or not. I currently have her in a box inside of my house with a little bit of food, broken up calcium supplement and bowl of water.
Please advise. I live out in the middle of nowhere without access to a vet.
Thanks in advance for any tips or ideas.