Hi there...this is my first time posting on here. I have been reading others posts but never posted myself.
Here's my situation. I have a 20 wk old Speckled Sussex that I think is very sick. I got home from church yesterday and found her in the nesting box. I got excited thinking she was laying her first egg so I left her alone. I went out a couple hours later and she was still in there with her eyes closed straining her neck. I though maybe she was egg bound so I checked her rear only to find diarrhea caked all over her tail end and drooping out. I cleaned her up, gave her some nutri-drench and put her in a dog kennel on my back porch with a heat lamp. She drank a little but I don't think she's eaten. Before yesterday she was free ranging with the others and seemed fine. She is now sitting with her eyes closed, stretching her neck out and making a rasping noise when breathing.
I had one leghorn die a few weeks ago and I'm guessing it is from the same thing. I didn't look too much into it at the time and didn't notice it was sick because it was still a new bird to my flock. I raised the 8 speckled Sussex's from a week old and last month I got 4 leghorns from a guy in town. I was dumb and did not separate them from my others and I'm not sure if they brought something into my flock.
Here is the sick one: