I'm still a chicken novice really only having my three ex battery girls for 9 months. Alls been well with all three until about month ago. First sweetpea started laying shell less eggs and looked hunched. Was on antibiotics for 10 days and it sorted her out. Bluebell however then became ill, hunched, wings down, not eating, not moving much, standing up during night. Tried antibiotics but no change. Vet said fluid was building up in abdoman due to either heart failure, tumour or kidney/liver problems. Anyway diuretics didn't help and she became lot worse so sadly I had to have her put to sleep (6 days ago).
Now just found sweetpea hunch up in wooden coop. She's still been laying thinned shelled and shell less eggs or eggs with rubbery shell blob next to it but has been well in herself. However, she is now displaying same body language as bluebell did (hunched back, tail down, wings low, neck hunched in, not really eating and didn't come out of wooden coop and just took herself off to a corner and tucked down in straw, just as they do at bedtime but this was in the day and unheard of as she wouldn't normally miss out on food time. Don't know what to do. Can't face losing another girl.
I'm going to have to see how she gets on over weekend and will take her to vets on Monday morning if no change or worse but my vet doesn't really seam to know much about chickens even tho she has them herself. I just get the impression that they don't think chicken are worth investigating. They've all been wormed recently and they have a multivitamin in their water. Any ideas please...