So, I had a small flock of 4 (all under a year). One stopped laying, then a few weeks later started looking lethargic. I took her to a vet. The vet said she looked good but was a bit thin. We gave fluids and some broad based antibiotic, but she died anyway. Then another one stopped laying. I brought her to the vet. The exam was fine. This time we did blood work. She had a slightly elevated lead level and was slightly anemic, but not enough to cause concern. So for diagnostic purposes, the next best bet is to necropsy the bird that died. That is being done today. BUT, the reason for my post is this. The third bird did not lay yesterday. It could be a fluke, but if she gets sick too, that will leave me with one bird.
I certainly can't add to my flock until we know what is going on and remove the problem (something toxic they are getting into or cure whatever bug they have). I certainly can't give one remaining bird away (who would want to add a bird to their flock that has been exposed to something).
It seems inhumane to have the remaining healthy chicken watch her family die and leave her alone. What can I do for my bird?