I have a Black Australop hen, just over a year. Yesterday when I let the chickens out into the yard, I noticed she seemed a bit off. She walked out into the yard, but just stood there while the others went hunting for bugs and such. She seemed to be feeling poorly, and I noticed a glob of poo out her backside. I lifted her up and checked her vent, but it looked normal. When I set her back down, she had a hard time gaining her balance, with her tail flopping all over the place.
I came and and read the forums thinking that maybe she was egg bound. I gave her a warm bath and lubricated her vent with mineral oil. I also massaged her belly and kept her warm and inside the house.
Later in the evening, she kept her beak open, like she couldn't breathe well, and when she talked to me, her voice sounded horse. I thought maybe she was too hot, so I moved her to a cooler place.
Her crop is pretty empty. She will eat bits of grain if I hand feed her. She's not eating and drinking on her own. For hours yesterday, she just stood in one place in her crate. She'd look around and if I came and talked to her, she'd respond, but she's pretty lethargic.
This morning, she sounds weezy. But she doesn't seem to have a cold, no snotty nostrils, etc.
Anybody have any good ideas? Oh, I did put electrolytes in her water, but she's not drinking. And I gave her oatmeal and yogert. She's not eating it, unless I dip her beak in it. That's all I can think of to tell you. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.