Thank you for your kind words. I'd like to know if Tleventer ever found out what had been wrong and if there was any other illness with the other birds. I plan to dust with DE today.
HELP! Chicken in trouble - drooling, lethargic - Page 2
I am so sorry for both of you that lost your hens before a solution could be found. I have no idea, but drooling chickens does not sound like egg bound hens. Our hens will pucker their butts whenever I pick them up. Maybe sour crop? Any bad smells?
I am also sorry that you didn't get immediate help on the board. You might try pm'ing the experts on the board in a real emergency. I can't imagine anyone that wouldn't want to help.
When she was laying on the bathroom floor after her bath my husband said her crop was full of air and he squeezed it to deflate it. She was not eating or drinking and gasping for air. I don't think I would have been able to save her even if I knew what was wrong. The remaining 8 birds are fine. Maybe this can be an excuse to get a few more this spring ;)