I lost one of my pet chickens a few days ago from what I originally thought was complications from an injury. They have free range in my backyard during the day and placed in a very secure 10x10 kennel with a coop at night.
The bird that died wouldn't use one of its legs one afternoon but seemed to be getting better. I found a small scratch on the inside of her wing though that did not look infected at all. The other thing was that she was adjusting her crop more than normal for a couple of days but when I would feel her crop it would be small and I could feel food in there and she was eating/drinking and pooping normally. This neck adjusting went on for about 3 days and the bad leg which looked like it was improving was over a 2 week period.
Then we had cool night about 30F and the next morning she wouldnt stand up so I picked her up and her crop had soured and vomit went everywhere. She was breathing through her open beak and she died a few hours later :( I got these chickens when they were 16 weeks old back in oct/nov and have not treated them for anything.
I was thinking marreks and gape worm and all sorts of things. I am now worried about my other remaining chicken. Her poops look really weird. I'm going to check her crop this evening and in the morning and I ordered fenbendazole to treat for worms just in case. Other than the poop she seems normal. Eating and drinking and walking normally.
So now the poop. Is this the shed intestinal lining or could it be that I threw some cranberries in the compost and this is what happens if they eat cranberries, or is this a sign of illness. There have been multiple red/orange colored poops in the last couple of hours. The solid one came first and a few minutes later the watery one came.