Thank you, everyone, for the kind words and helpful responses. I really thought she was going to pass last night, and I was just trying to let her rest in peace as much as possible, but she is still here and fighting this morning. She is sitting up again, more like she was in the picture, and she has moved around the puppy pen some, but she still hasn't ever opened her eyes that I've seen, although she appeared to try several times when I was fussing with her. Her breathing is more rapid than it was last night (it was soo slow last night). I figure if she is fighting, I will try to throw a few things at her to see if anything helps. I just don't know why she doesn't open her eyes.
She did not appear to eat or drink anything overnight (although I can't be sure--but I can see the scrambled eggs at least were untouched). I gave her a 10ml syringe of warm water with Nutridrench and chick vitamins/electrolytes at around 7:30 this morning, and then a little later in the morning I gave her 20ml of water treated with Corid (I figured it probably couldn't hurt). I'm going to try to give her another couple syringes of the treated water shortly.
Originally Posted by fisherlady
I'm sorry, it does sound like she is failing, and at her age I doubt any interventions would be helpful. Parasites are about the only thing I would treat for at her age...and aiming for comfort is probably the best option at this point.
I have used rolled large towels or blankets to create bolsters to help a bird remain in a more natural position when weak.
Thank you, fisherlady and @Auroradream26. What do you mean, treat for parasites? Corid, or something else? I have a few worming medications in my first aid kit that I've never used, but I could throw one of those at her if it might help. I also have VetRx, but that's mostly just for respiratory issues, right? She doesn't seem to have a runny nose, coughing/sneezing, or anything like that.
She is a tough old bird, and she's lived a good long life. I'd certainly be ok letting her go--that would be easier. I have never euthanized a chicken--I'm not opposed to the concept, but I would have a very hard time doing anything bloody or physical, especially on this little old girl we've had since my daughter was a baby. I wish I had something very peaceful like strong pain meds or sedatives that would knock her out, but I don't even know if that works on chickens. Anyway, since she is hanging on for now I figured I will throw whatever minimally invasive treatments I have at her that might help. If she seems to move from resting to distress, we may have to evaluate other options.