My 9 mo old Sliver laced Wyandotte is not acting right. My sister noted that she didn't come down off the perch when she went in this morning. When we went in tonight she also stayed up on the perch but everyone else came down for treats. I offered food in my hand and she ate a little. we have 5 chickens and 3 of them lay brown eggs so I am not sure when she laid last.
But as we watched I also noted that she would shake her head every 5-10 seconds. I tried to hold her to get a better look at her and she became stressed. she did some open mouth breathing. she seemed a little unsteady but i'm not sure that's true or just because she was trying to get away from me. so we just watched her for a minute. she pooped while we were watching. her vent looks clean and normal. I tried gentle palpation of the area (externally) and all felt soft. But from what I understand she doesn't sound egg bound.
we separated her from the others and put her in a dog crate in an office. so she has her own food and water in a warmer room.....but not too warm. once we put her in the crate she sat calmly, breathing more normally, and not shaking her head anymore. she seemed nervous so she didn't move much or eat or drink. I didn't want to force her to drink because I didn't want to cause more stress. i'm hoping over night she will acclimate to the crate?