My two year old Sicilian Buttercup has been feeling pretty crumby for the past couple of weeks. She has labored breathing – which has progressively gotten worse over the past two days. She’ll open her mouth to take deep breaths, and it even seems to be slowing her down. I picked her up and realized yesterday that she has lost A LOT of weight! And her poops are tiny! They are thin and long. As I was watching her earlier she tried to poop but nothing came out. She has never been a layer, maybe producing only 30 eggs total. I have tried enticing her to eat things and she will, but slowly. She’ll follow the other three girls around the yard and go through the motions, but I’m not sure if she’s actually eating anything. I’ve also given her some water (maybe 5ml) via syringe (by dropping it on the top of her nose). At first I thought her nose was blocked, but after gentle rubbing last week it looks cleared. I have opened her mouth (which she would have never let me do if she were feeling well) and can’t see anything down her throat. When I feel her neck I can’t really locate her crop (that’s how skinny she is).
I don’t know what to do! I don’t have a vet around who sees birds so that is out of the question. I am willing to try to help her, but am worried I have caught it too late and now she is suffering…What do you fellow chicken keepers think? Have you had a bird in this similar situation? How have they faired? Is it even worth putting her through a few more days if she is uncomfortable? If you think there is hope, what should I do???
Edited by CallieGen - 5/24/16 at 1:08pm