Hi. I have two eight year old hens.
About two weeks ago, I noticed the buff orphington had a black scab on her nostril (raised up like a blister.) I did some research and it seemed to me like fowl pox.
I watched her and eventually she began getting more disinterested in going out--even though we have grass and they usually love to go out of the fenced yard into the other part. I started putting Vet rx on her blister, and she hated it so much that she would run out and begin eating grass, so I was happy she was consuming food as I can't tell if she's consuming food and water. But I added electrolytes to the water available.
I also noticed that the pox seemed to be wet inside her mouth--on the roof of her mouth. And her breathing became more labored.
About two days ago she stopped wanting to come out at all (she also developed a growth under her eye, which I assume is fowl pox). And last night I noticed her acting strange. I should have assumed then that she was dehydrated, though I had also been offering her watermelon and she seemed to have eaten a little.
Then this morning she was acting very strange so I realized that she may be dehydrated. I gave her some water this afternoon from a syringe, but didn't open her mouth--just kind of kept slowly squirting it in the side as she swallowed. I am not sure how much she drank.
Then this evening she was listless, so I began squirting more water in her mouth and she fought with her head, but her body is pretty listless. I wrapped her in a blanket. I think she's taken about 30-40 ml and she's totally passed out asleep.
I'm not sure what to do--she won't open either of her eyes anymore since yesterday, and I'm not sure if I should force feed her/force her to drink. She's a bit older for a hen, so I'm not sure if she will get over it. I was more hopeful until about three days ago.