I have an Orpington, a big girl, she weighed in at about 6lbs (3kg) a month ago and was the happiest, friendliest chicken ever. She lives with 4 other Orps, a Brahma and 2 egg-laying powerhouses (a tad smaller than her) in a big enough coop and run. She's about 9 months old. Lemme try and be short and precise;
# A month ago Lady Cluckington seemed "off", not as quick to arrive when it was snack time. Gave the whole coop anti-worm medication, a dry powder in their food and snackmix. Checked her crop, she ate slowly and drank very little, her crop was full and felt like a small bean-bag.
# 3 weeks ago she started losing weight, had to be handfed her snacks (wouldn't compete for snacks), she'd come down her ramp very slowly out of the coop and occasionally bumble to the floor. We started dosing apple cider in the drink supply and vitamins&minerals (dry pidgeon-complete). Put a heat-lamp in the coop (12 by 4ft, 4m by 1.2m, about 3x3ft or 1x1m is heated day and night and a stable 35CC or 95F)
# 2 weeks ago her bumbling worsened, she only weighed 2kg (4.5lbs) and most of the time she spend on the floor, lying with 1 leg up. When you approach her she's alert and scared.
# a week ago I went on holiday, when I came back she only weighed 1.2kg (3lbs). She still seems alert, but doesn't resist. Her crop's still full but fills pretty hard.
# Just now her alert-ness was at an all time low and she's barely 2lbs (950gr)... she's now being handfed and held at the water so she can take in fluids. She just layes around... when you pick her up she feels cold and you don't feel flesh but mostly bones. When I put her down she pretty much collapses.
Anyone have an idea was might be the deal with Lady Cluckington or what I can do to get her back on her feet?
We live in a region with very little vets and they're hella expensive, so I'm trying to keep it cost efficient (having a hard time with that...). Vet checked her out 3 weeks ago and charged 55 euro's (65$) for a check up and offered her nothing more than pidgeon-vits & minerals.
Thanks so much for any help you can offer,