Hi everybody.. i've been checking these threads for years and have finally decided to join!
I've had 7 chickens over the years all up, lost them all to various things (eaten cooper wire, gapeworm, rehoming rooster and his favourite chock..) now my 7th is feeling unwell.. she's had watery poos for the past 2-3 days. It has been hot, like 95 degrees and i put it down to the heat. The gaping mouth too!
She's eating well and drinking, but she does feel kinda skinny.. I brought her inside this afternoon in a box, in the air-conditioning. gave her scrambled eggs, bread soaked in oil and yoghurt (in case something is stuck and she needs lube).. she's been eating happily. But, although her couple of poos in the box are not firm, they are a lot less watery. However, she is gaping ALL the time now. she also looks a bit more listless, her tail is drooping, her wings are a bit droopy too.. maybe coz she's in a box??
I don't know what to do with her, i feel kinda heart broken.
I should mention, about 4 weeks ago i lost one chook to what we believe was gapeworm and this one (Lucy) was very unwell too - i took her to the vet who gave her antibiotics and a wormer.. and she recovered so beautifully, it was a little miracle. But now she's unwell again and sort of similar with the gaping mouth again, i don't know what it could be. she free ranges and is quite independent, so she definitely gets around the yard and may be eating snails and who knows what else. i did catch her eating my dogs poo once, before i had a chance to scoop it up in the morning!! :(
i want Lucy to get better like she did last time... i don't know if it's worth going to the vet again.. it's so expensive here in Australia.. cost me $200 last time.
any advice would be so appreciated..
thank you all