I am new to the chicken world. We got our first flock in May of 2015. We obtained the birds from friends; they have us birds that were already laying eggs. The summer went perfect. We have a nice sized fenced in run and as time went by we were able to let our birds free range our entire property without issues. Once the colder weather hit, the drama began.
We realized quickly the coop we purchased and were told could house up to 20 birds was absolutely false. We only have 11 and the pecking began. Geri is our handicapped bird. She came to us with some sort of leg issue. We believe it must have been broken and healed badly when she was young. It slows her down and she can’t always keep up with the flock but she did great considering all summer. Once it was too cold to be outside all day (we are in MN) she was pecked bloody on her tail end and all her tail feathers were pulled out. We separated her to heal, and separated the worst bully bird Gloria. We then replaced our coop with one that is much bigger and more accessible. After a few days we were able to relocate Gloria the Bully back with the others and haven’t had pecking problems since.
A few days later our bird Oreo wasn’t acting normal so we put her in with Geri. The weather was cold and we didn’t have another place to put her. We couldn’t tell how sick she was at first of course. We didn’t have a first aid kit so we’ve just been reading out of books and using YouTube to try and help her. We’ve had to order medical supplies as we learn/try new things. She initially kept one eye closed. At first we wondered if she got pecked but it seemed to get worse and now it’s pretty swollen. We are thinking she has some sort of respiratory issue too. I really wanted to avoid antibiotics but I think she’s too far gone not to. 2 days ago I started putting Terramycin ointment in her eye and then giving her Duramycin 10 with a dropper. She doesn’t seem to be getting better. The eye is still swollen and she is sneezy wheezy. Is it too soon? I am just wondering if you have any insight or tips. Also, I have her swaddled like a baby when I tend to her eye and give her drops. She shakes. Is that normal??
I pulled Geri away from Oreo this morning and I am trying to integrate her with the rest of flock since we have warmer temps in the forecast. She seems happy as a lark and whatever Oreo has does not seem to be affecting Geri so I wasn’t overly concerned spreading it to the flock. They’ve been together for about 3 weeks. I hope I didn’t make a mistake moving her. I just don’t want to lose her too, and thought maybe Oreo would do better alone healing.
Please help if you can.