Appps, I really wish your girl a speedy recovery, she sounds like such a special chicken :)
Well, I held off posting since I didn't know how things would pan out, and I have good news. First, Agnes is fully recovered, she's happily back with her friends again, carrying on like no time had passed. That was Monday. On Tuesday we had our hottest day here in Brissy, and Annabelle ( the chicken in my avatar) succumbed to the heat a little, enough to weaken her and let a VERY nasty respiratory infection take hold. Symptoms are different to Aggies, I found her under the bottlebrush tree with mucous coming out of her mouth. Brought her upstairs and rushed her to the vet, who conveniently is across the road, where she got a shot of anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory. I believe these saved her life, the anti-biotic particularly. She'd been fine the previous day, and that morning. I'd actually gone downstairs to dunk them all in cool water. Listening to her breathing that night was heartbreakingly horrendous, the gurgling. She'd had a temperature as well as her lungs sounding rattly. Fortunately she made it through the night, and was surprisingly itching to go outside. She's confined in the front yard, good shade under the deck there.
She went back to the vet first thing yesterday, and got the same shots again, plus something to help dry the mucous. Her temp was normal, and her lungs sounded clearer, which was a huge relief. She starts oral anti-biotics today. She was walking on the floor whilst the vet and I were seated and discussing her treatment, when all of a sudden I got a face full of wings as she decided to jump on my lap. It was adorably silly. So, she still sounds a little rough, but is improving. She laid two eggs overnight! I saw her eating something, it was the innards of a very soft shelled egg which I promptly confiscated, and then another regular looking egg, though the shell was discoloured. I wish she hadn't though, I want her strength to go to getting better.
Well, never a dull moment with my girls. I've got two coops, one for little bantam chickens, and one for the big chickens. I've put my young sussex, Iris, in the big chicken coop with Ada (Annabelle's bff) as she's outgrown the little chicken coop. Plus she picks on Beatrice, the youngest, who I now want to bond with the other chickens more, as she's a little over attached to me. Bea's not been easy to put to bed in the little coop the past two days, a LOT of complaining. It's been tough, but I know in time she'll bond with Agnes and Esme.
So that was long, but that's what's been driving me crazy lately lol. Everyone will be fine in time, but it's been overwhelming, probably will be for another week or so. Just when you think everything's fine...