To : Fancy ... appps .... Teila ..... cwrite
Well, do I feel like the right dill ??
Spent all that time typing explanations and symptoms, and what I had done, and today she makes a total fibber of me. I spent literally hours researching stuff - impacted crop, sour crop, pendulous crop ( something I think she's always had a bit of ) ... and a whole host of other information leading from one site to another.
Because today she was scratching around for bits and bugs on the ground - I threw them all some scratch mix - and she immediately took to finding it, avoiding Molly to do so. Her comb is back to red. And her tail is back to normal upright position. She has not yet laid another egg ( 3rd day now ).
Molly - her 'friend' has in recent times, particularly over my rice and oats etc. goodies --- dominated the food, pushing Mandy out of the way. I stand guard and hold Molly back to let Mandy at the food - until Molly settles down. But Mandy will still take a back seat with that. Far more gentle than gutsy Molly.
Today I noticed a few grain bread crumbs I had thrown also - were being taken out of Mandys' mouth by Molly the guts, so tomorrow Mandy gets scrambled egg with shell in yoghurt BY HERSELF. Molly can eat hers outside the run. Don't think it will hurt to give them all a very small bowl of that.
Tonight I will repeat the vent and crop massage - just in case. I don't think it could hurt - even a healthy chicken. Also watched a video for impacted crop manipulation ( Teila mentioned impacted crop ) ... and it was very interesting and useful. Here is the link if anyone is interested :
There was no sour vile smell from Mandys mouth last night, and I would have caught that, as I gave her drops of olive oil in her open beak. A close encounter, for sure.
Finally, I am wondering if yesterday she hurt herself in some way. I now don't think she is broody but will wait and see. And another site I found, said chickens can become 'sad' ... or depressed ?
Has anyone ever experienced that ? I only mention that as if I were to describe Mandy's behaviour yesterday it was sad and depressed, which I immediately translated to being sick. !!!
Many many thanks everyone for your help ..... I will try not to be such a fusspot if / when there is a next time.
Cheers all .......
Edited by Anniebee - 12/15/15 at 10:51pm