My husband and I became first-time chicken owners in June. We lost one of our chickens about 3 weeks after we got her- one morning she was unable to stand on her legs and flapped her wings to slightly move around. We separated her and brought her in the garage for 3 weeks but she just become too sick and emaciated. We really don't know what happened..
Our other chicken has fared quite well on her own since then until about a week ago. We live in Minnesota and have gotten some unseasonably cold weather already. I noticed one morning that she seemed very off balance but brushed it off to "it's probably just a bit cold for her". The second day it happened, we decided to put in a heating source. She stopped jumping up to get to the coop in the evening and wouldn't come down in the mornings. I kept noticing her off-balance tendencies, hardly moving, not going up to the coop and she seemed to be sleeping a lot.
We have now been keeping her inside the garage with a small run area and a wire dog cage. She has a roosting bar, and that is where she spends most of her day- just sleeping. She will drink if I bring her to water but she hasn't been eating much the last two days. I've tried oatmeal (which she usually LOVES) and if she does eat it.. it takes a few hours before she'll even start. She has seemed to have lost weight within the last week and does not seem like herself. This morning, her droppings were very watery, white and with small white pieces.
Any idea to what may be going on with her? I'd love any insight. The first day we got our chickens I noticed they had small critters on them (likely mites), perhaps she still has them? I thought maybe coccidiosis, but I could be off. Is it okay to treat a chicken for a potential disease or is it best to have a diagnosis? I just don't want to lose another chicken- she's one of my favorite parts of the day and it's hard to see her rapidly decline.
Any thoughts would be wonderful! Thanks so much. :)