I tried to post this earlier, but it wouldn't post.
Hi Mrs. Brooke,
Ginger was tested for Coccidiosis and it was negative. I had a small fecal smear done on her to rule out worms and coccidiosis.
She is drinking water regularly.
She will not eat her egg laying food from Walmart. Which makes me wonder if it had mold in it or fungus? The other chicken is eating it fine.
She will eat grapes, saltines, scratch grains, deer protein with a little fat, spinach leaves and some oat bread. All with a bit of grit. But only eats a small quantity of any of it.
She was looking a bit better yesterday. But she is still looking like she's in a fog.
She and other hen (Munch) haven't laid an egg for at least two months. And before that, 5 months. And both of them laid an egg at the same time. Then nothing.
At that time I was moving their pen. They have acclimated to their new home. Until the hawk showed up 3 weeks ago.
This is Gingers 3rd bout of this and each time it takes longer to cure. I had one chicken that had the same thing happen to her a couple of times also when she was 3 years old. She recovered and then I give that chicken away because she was mean.
I must find out what this is.
I'm tempted to throw out all my chicken food. Even though it has been in a dry garage and only 3 weeks old. Takes a while to go through a bag for only two chickens.
I stopped the calcium.
She doesn't like to sit, she stands a lot. It seems to hurt her to sit.
Puffed up, hunched, and sleepy.
I have to leave again soon, but I'm waiting for someone who care about what I care about to watch her.
Thank you, I do love my silly bird and I'm worried.
8/22 update. She is eating a little more, but only foods that she loves. Bought new bag of Walmart food, which looked a different color. They won't eat it out of their dish, only if its on the ground. They also have plenty of grit. Stopped any forms of calcium. Thought since they aren't laying that I might find a food like chicken food that doesn't contain so much calcium? Does anybody know of that type of food for chickens?