Hi everyone, I'm new around here . I've been checking out this board for a while now as a lurker and just now finally registered. I'm Genevieve, I have 4 laying hens, and I've grown so attached to them these past months. So now with one of them not doing well I'm worried, and since this is the first time I've had chickens I need some expert help.
Cars (which is my son's hen) has been looking lethargic for the past 6 days, so I've been looking at her closely to see what's the problem. She;
Sleeps all day
Is not interested in being with the other three hens
Is not interested in the bugs the kids find for them, doesn't pick at the grass anymore
Has a bald patch in the front on her chest (which feels grainy inside, like there is a blockage or something and her food is getting stuck there)
Her poop is like mustard yellow goop
Her wings droop
Her color around the eyes is more of a grainy white and not red like the others
Weighs absolutely nothing, she is all bones which are protruding from everywhere
Her tail is always down
This is her yesterday, after she had eaten a little;
And today, she didn't touch her food, and you can see the yellow poop (sorry to be gross in showing you this but everyone's seen chicken poop here I imagine);
I've looked for a break in the wing with no luck, as well as a backed up egg. I've tried feeding her yummy stuff to no avail, I've made her mush with her food/water/egg and although she did take some last night when I brought her in, she is not interested tonight. She did have a normal poop this morning, and then tonight her poop is back to mustard yellow goop.
What could be the problem? Her skin around the eyes is fine, but apart from that she looks like a mighty sick chicken . Help?
Edited by clothcanoemama - 6/14/09 at 11:43am