Hi, BackYard Chickens-goers,
One of my mother's hens is sick. I thought it may be vent issues because there was a large amount of matter stuck to the feathers surrounding her vent. But it was not impacted and she almost shot me with a stream of pungent, liquid expulsion.
This is the first time this hen has been like this. Even during molting periods, she has always had a robust personality.
Normal characteristics: incredibly mobile, skittish, high flyer. Very hard to catch and able to jump very high.
Stays near-motionless for extended periods (hours).
Diminished, graying comb and crop.
Seems unable to jump up onto roost bars (was in nest, standing this morning).
Things I have tried:
Checking fecal matter for worms (no segments, a few small, white stringy things that may have been worms but were mostly unidentifiable--fibrous and few).
Diet: Layerfeed, free-range, and whole-grain bread, oats, misc. Water with apple cider vinegar.
I have uploaded two images and two videos here: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0L5nhQSTGq038Y
The first video gives an example of the vocalization. The second video shows her lack of mobility--as she stands on one leg, head low.
Any help, things to try, or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Edited by ck1500 - 3/23/16 at 11:47am