We have a formerly sweet and cuddly ameracana hen that loved to be held and carried around. We called her "the football" because you could carry her any way you wanted and she didn't mind. The last week or so, when we try to pick her up, she runs away. She acts like it hurts when we hold her. Her feathers are scraggly and dull looking. A lot of her tail feathers are missing. I don't think she's laying anymore. She seems to be eating well. She just seems kind of sad. We lost a couple of her flockmates this summer...could chickens make themselves sick over grief?
I don't even know how to begin to try to figure out what's wrong with her. I'm afraid we might be losing her. Does anyone have any ideas about what cold be wrong?