I would cage her inside the coop or run with the others, and provide her own food and water. That way they won't keep her from eating. Then, when she is stronger, let them out to free range together during the daytime. She will get pecked some, but hopefully they will work it out. Separate any one aggressive bird for a week or so to lower her in the pecking order.
She has been up and down. Now she looks like she may pull through.
No neurological problems, just weak and lethargic. I have been giving her electrolytes and just started her today on the probiotic, along with Oxytetracycline in her water.
No Marek's vaccine on this one. The other 3 chickens she came with are all doing great.
Again, started drinking more and has been pecking at crumble. I put the probiotic in a mixture of applesauce with crumble and she took all of it within a couple hours. She has had one normal poo since! She has been pecking at an apple I left with her. I managed to get her to get a good start on drinking the water with the antibiotic in it.
I have a box of straw in her penned area that she gets into at night by herself.
She can rest tonight. Tomorrow I may give her bum a bath again.
My little Beatrice has been a fighter!
Where would she pick up botulism? What kind of animal remains? She is a Buckeye, which are suppose to be good mousers. I had originally considered this when trying to figure this out. Could she have gotten a mouse? Then I was worried she ate some scratch or food from scratching around the litter in the hen house and maybe has a fungal infection. being she is the lowest in the pecking order (and quite petite and small) I am not sure if the other hens have been keeping her away from the feeder so she found what she could?
No Marek's and no cocci.
Botulism is caused by eating a toxin in dead animal carcasses, maggots, and vegetation that has been without air. It starts with paralysis of the feet followed by the wings and neck in that order. It progresses very quickly, and may be fatal within a day or two. Mold in feed, and Mareks can be two other things that can look similar. Extreme dehydration and weakness from not eating can resemble those things. So many things can make a chicken look sick and many times we have to guess. Let us know how she is progressing.