Hi--I apologize if this is a duplicate. I think I created a thread before verifying my e-mail.
I have two eight year old hens.
A couple weeks (maybe three) ago, she developed a raised black growth/sore on her nostril, which looked like fowl pox from pictures. She also began developing growth in the roof of her mouth.
I added electrolytes to the water and just let her out into the yard where there are more plants...grass and things to help her keep hydrated.
At first she was not so interested and would stay in her coop. But I began applying vet RX (a camphor oil mix) to her blister/nostril to help her breathing, and she hated it so much she began going out and eating grass etc. so I wouldn't get to her in the coop. But I also noticed her breathing was more labored.
I was hopeful she was going to get through it until about three days ago when she began showing little interest of leaving. I offered her watermelon and put Vet RX.
Then last night I found her in the yard, and I noticed her acting strange, but didn't realize how serious it was. I think she perhaps stopped drinking/eating before and is dehydrated. This morning she was acting strange again, like she was disoriented. I noticed she also has a growth below her eye now, under her eyelid.
I force fed her some water with electrolytes with a syringe, but didn't open her mouth and just kind of squirted it in the side whenever she would. I'm not sure how much she got, but she stopped acting strange and went to sleep.
Then a few hours later she had passed out on the ground and so I wrapped her and force fed her more water...probably about 30-40 ml. She could move her head and open and close her beak to swallow. And now she's just sleeping in the towel, but still listless.
She's eight years old--and I'm not sure how I feel against force feeding her if her prognosis isn't good. I was really hopeful about her recovering until two days ago. I thought maybe it was over, until I discovered the growth on her eye. What do you think is the right way to approach the situation as is?