This AM when I opened the coop, Marigold had a small amount of clear liquid on her behind. Only noticed because one hen was pecking at her behind. Thought maybe she'd just layed an egg off the perch (a problem I'm trying to find the culprit on) -- but no egg anywhere.
4 hours later I go out to let them free range and she has blood dripping down her behind - ACK! Not sure what it could be, or what to do. Haven't gotten any closer look yet since I don't know what to look for and I"m sure she's not going to be really happy with me poking around.
SO-- what am I looking for? And can this be fixed or will I have to put her down?
Trying to breathe and not panic (and why oh why is the dog picking today to be clinging and needy?????? I so don't need this )
The only thing I can think of that has changed is there is oyster shell available at all times. They have always gone crazy eating it up when I'd give them a pile of crushed egg shells -- maybe she ate too much shell now that it's available freely??
Edited by calicokat - 4/6/10 at 9:04am