Hello, I'm concerned about my 3 year old chicken. I've researched her symptoms, but cannot quite find the exact match online. She started sitting quietly in the coop yesterday, not in the nesting box, but just in the coop. When I let the flock out today, she remained inside. She's usually on the top rung, but today was on the bottom by herself. She is puffed up a bit. She doesn't move when I reach for her - normally runs from me. Her poop is watery, though very sticky like the egg whites, with dark, green bits in it. No sign of worms in the poop. Her crop is soft. She won't eat, but will drink bits of water now and then. Her tail is down. I looked in between the feathers for signs of bugs and didn't see any. I'm no expert, but I didn't see anything but her beautiful feathers. There's no discharge from her eyes and so far her comb looks normal. She's breathing a bit more pronounced. No labor or wheeze, but an obvious rocking to her body with the breath.
Any ideas? My husband really doesn't want me to spend money on the vet. Been down that road before...$$$. I don't want her to suffer.
Thanks for reading -