I don't know what's going on. I have three white silkie pullets(and five cockerels, but of course, the cockerels are healthy as cane be). I found one pullet about three days ago who was listless and droppy when I went out to feed in the evening. The feed had been gone for a couple of hours, I'm sure, since I haven't installed the new feeders and have to refill the ones I'm using twice daily. She didn't hurry over for water when I refilled that, or for food. She laid there obligingly with barely a complaint when one of the boys tried to mount her--usually my girls pitch a fit. (I know, I need to get all of the boys out until they start laying, at least, but time to build a new pen for them has been non-existent lately--it's high on my priority list).
I brought her in and put her in a dog carrier. She hasn't eaten anything since then. She's drinking some, not as much as I'd like, but she's staying relatively hydrated. Her first poop after I brought her in was totally normal, the second a bit watery, but still white and since then it's been nothing by liquid (understandable since that's all she's been eating.). I've tried tempting her with other foods like yogurt, but she's really not interested. The first day she didn't seem as bad so I thought maybe she was just feeling off and would get better. Yesterday when she was looking worse I ran tot he feed store for antibiotics. The only thing available to me for chickens is aureomycin! (I'm totally going to stock up on a couple of other things when I'm out of town next. I haven't needed anything before and don't like giving meds unless I have to, so i hadn't bothered to buy anything).
Her crop is empty, she's not laying yet, I don't see any signs of mites or worms, there's no blood in her stool, oh, and her vent is clear. the first day or so she would respond when I spoke to her, but now I have to tap on the side of the cat carrier to get any response at all, and that's just movement and maybe a slight shift of her head.
And now I have a second pullet who is also acting funny. I brought her inside last night and she hadn't eaten anything in over 14 hours, at least. If I can't get any other meds, I'm certainly not going to be able to get anything else intended to treat chickens in my remote area. Can I feed pedialyte or something since water is all they are interested in? Should I bother giving the second pullet the meds I gave the first one? they don't seem to be making any difference, and I'm really worried the rest of my flock is going to get whatever is bothering these two girls.
There is no vet withing forty minutes of where I live (and I don't think he sees chickens anyway), or anywhere else to buy meds for chickens and due to my work and class schedule I couldn't get to either before Monday--and that's if I get up before dawn to make the trip before I go to work that day.
Chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and guineas! I think I'm addicted to hatching.