Originally Posted by Eggcessive
Is she laying eggs? Could you post some pictures of her droppings? Has she lost weight in her breast area? How does her crop feel--full and mushy, or full and hard, or empty? Does her crop empty overnight? She could have a crop problem, or a fungal or bacterial infection in her digestive tract, but if a vet is possible, I would have her seen. They can do fecal studies for worms, coccidiosis, bacterial or yeast infections, as well as Xrays. Vomiting is not normal unless you are squeezing a full crop and tilting her forward, so a crop problem or a slow crop may be a possibility. Could the orange diarrhea be blood? Coccidiosis can cause that, and Corid is the best treatment. Here are a couple of links to read:
Her poop is consistent with Egg Peritonitis (I've cleaned up all her poop! No pics to post, but it looks EXACTLY like that in the link you provided). I kind of suspected EP. I had another chicken from her batch with it in October. It took her a week to pass away. Same symptoms. Her crop is full and mushy. I'm not sure how empty it's getting overnight because she starts eating at daylight and she eats and drinks all day. We are on Day 3 of her slowing down. The orange diarrhea was only this morning and it's not blood. It's consistently an orange yellow color and only in her morning constitutional. The rest of the day is clear/watery/whitish with a bit of grit.
I was examining her crop and pushing on it, so that did make her vomit. She isn't vomiting otherwise.
She is NOT laying eggs. But nor does she feel full of them either or feel thin. I bought 12 chicks last Feb and have lost one to illness and two to predators. My other egg bound chickens in the last 6 months were from other years. All were RSL. I usually do an internal exam but I decided not to this time, she was so bothered by my gentle messaging when I was checking her body I didn't want to cause her more pain. When I've done internal exams before I found no more information that led me to a diagnosis. I never could feel a stuck egg. Just intestines.
Thanks for your reply! I've learned alot, I just wish there was more I could do. Unfortunately, we do not have a vet that cares for fowl. We are our own vet.