It's sad to think that this will be my first post, but I'm in dire need of some help. I am a first-time chicken owner and my hens have been the picture of health since I got them as chicks about eight month ago.this morning however,one of my birds acting unusually. Yesterday I noticed her painting a little and acting a bit slow. She's usually a very bright little thing, buy I was thinking that perhaps she was just hot as the weather hs been pretty warm.This morning, however, didn't see her in any better condition. She was acting lethargic and quiet when I went out to feed them, was particularly thirsty, but after drinking some of the water poured right back out of her beak. I decided to take her inside where it's cooler and felt her crop, which was soft but didn't feel empty even though she hadn't yet eaten. She also continued panting, even in the coolness of the pantry. Everything I researched pointed to her possibly having sour crop, but she hasn't seemed impacted (she's a pet, and likes being patted all over, so I'm sure I would have noticed). She's been drinking readily and ate an egg I scrambled for her, but she's still just not acting herself. She was a touch perkier after eating, though. her stool has also been quite runny.
I know chickens pant before laying an egg from time to time, but she's been like this all morning. I've checked for bound egg, too, but don't feel any egg in her. I've been massaging her crop every so often. I could be feeling in all the wrong places, or suspecting all the wrong things, but something definitely isn't right with my girl.