Thanks, I remember reading through all the pages from your posting a while back. I think it made me cry when I read through it all and I stayed up late going from page to page to page. I kept reading and reading to see if all your efforts paid off or not. I am sorry that you have went through this so much with your birds. I sure hope this is not the beginnings for us.
My husband is looking up egg yolk peritontis on the internet right now. He said he read that it may be because of infective bronchitis. The chickens that we took to the State Fair in Oct of 2011 ended up with a cool weather cold of some sort when they returned but did not have the symtoms of infective bronchitis. We gave all the flock a round of antibiotics. Everyone recovered just fine.
She is not a hatchery bird but the original bloodline did come from a hatchery. Not sure how many generations back. We got her as an egg from Univ of AR.
The antibiotic that we have is expired. Will need to get a fresh one tomorrow. We have her in the house. She is walking tonight and wanted out of the cage. We gave her apple cider vinegar water on Friday night for her to drink. I put her beak in it and she drank it several times. Apple Cider Vinegar has many healing properties. Saturday night my husband put olive oil in the vent and then she pooped a little. I massaged the outside of the abdomen. This morning my husband gave her some romaine lettuce to eat. She ate it well. Tonight when she wanted out of the cage (she is not making the normal coo sounds that Sumatras make), she took a few bites of the lettuce I offered her then began to walk around on the tile (tile is hard for chickens to walk on). She then pooped a good size amount out. She did a couple of other smaller spots of poop as well. I noticed that she had not pooped in the cage she was in. She walked around all over the kitchen and dining room. She looked like she was waddling, but it could be the tile. Her abdomen is still swollen and hard to the touch. We are soaking some stuff that we were told to do along with some other stuff we'll be adding to it tomorrow for her to eat. Someone at the poultry show told us to make this for her to eat. We'll try it. Nothing to lose at this point. I think she is still walking around in the house. I better go check.