i went out to feed and water the chickens this afternoon and noticed one was missing, upon inspection I found her out in the run huddled up near the coop, not moving, feathers fluffed, tail down. I picked her up and she feels really light brought her inside and set up a spot for her gave her a waterer and food, she went right for the food when I gave it to her. hasn't touched the water yet. she doesn't seem to have mites or any injuries that I can see. she seems sleepy, keeps closing her eyes like she's tired. its been cold and snowing here for two days but she was in the coop yesterday and seemed fine. any ideas what I should be looking for?
Edited by Eggcessive - 4/5/16 at 5:20pm
i have her inside, she started drinking water, I don't have anything on hand am going to feed store tomorrow. she is about 1 year old, I got her from a friend about a month ago (he was selling his farm and had 15 chickens to give away) I took 8 they were all very health, coop was clean, and they were all laying. they are still laying along with my girls. they broke down the wall I had separating their runs Friday and have been friendly to each other. haven't seen any bullying. UPDATE: she has been sleeping all afternoon, moving her head to eat and drink. she pooped and its runny, I don't see any blood. she is still puffed up and looks weak.
You may want to go ahead and treat her with Corid for possible coccidiosis, since she recently moved onto new soil. There could be a different strain of coccidia in your soil that she has no resistance built up for. Dosage is 2 tsp of the liquid Corid, or 1 1/2 tsp of the powder per gallon of water for 5 days. It won't hurt her or the others even if that is not the problem. Until you get Corid give her water with a tsp of sugar, and a tiny pinch of salt to a quart of water. You can also check inside her vent an inch or so with a finger for a stuck egg.
Edited by Eggcessive - 4/5/16 at 7:58pm