Hi, I am hoping someone can help me. I went to check on my chickens yesterday afternoon and found one of my Rhode Islands just laying in the coop next to the water. When I went to pick her up she did not put up a fuss, so I knew something was wrong. when I set her on the ground her legs kind of gave out and she fell over. I picked her up a couple times and tried to get her to stand, she would for a second and then tumble over. So I brought her in the house and set up a little cage for her. I read it might be a vitamin deficiency so I gave her a mixture of yogurt, honey, egg yolk, oatmeal and calcium that I found on another website. Her left leg seemed a little swollen so I made a sling for her so she wasn't laying on it all night. This morning she won't even try to stand when I put her on the ground. She is eating and drinking, but will not move. Her comb seems a little discolored and I don't know if her legs are bruised or not, but they have red spots on them that none of my other chickens seem to have. Her poop this morning was mostly yellow with some green and frothy, but no blood.
I tried to make an appointment with the vet but they cannot see her till friday. I am at a loss at what to do at this point and any suggestions would be greatly appriciated. Oh and all my other chickens seem perfectly fine. Thank you
Other info: She is about 14 weeks old. They are free range chickens, they sleep in the coop at night which is very secure. They eat Purina start/grow and a bit of veggies once and a while. oh and it looks as though the feathers on the top of her head and neck have been plucked at. Our Rooster has just begun crowing... could he have injured her? should I keep her in the sling? Right now she is outside in a separate pen getting some air.
Edited by treetree9 - 7/15/09 at 1:08pm