My young BA hen (not laying yet) is supposed to be 7-8 months old but she barely has a comb or wattle and is very small. I got her when she was supposedly 4 months so I have no way of knowing how old she really is. She has been sick for at least a month. First she had a limp, then it went away. Then she started to smell bad and was having trouble pooping. Her food looked undigested and her vent looked crusty and hard. We found mites on her so we treated all the chickens for mites and worms this past week. We thought it could also be a a crop issue so we put out grit even though they are all free range.
Right before we treated her for mites/worms she started limping again! It's way worse than before. She lays down a lot and she hobbles around not using her bad foot at all but the elbow of that leg. I just gave her a bath to help with the smell and do a more thorough inspection and I found weird markings on her bad foot. They look a little like scabs but they aren't dry or crusty like scabs are. They aren't weeping but they just seem moist. I'm not sure what it is...
We treated the whole flock for mites and worms 4 days ago.
-looks like skin is coming off on parts of the bad leg
-bad foot feels warm compared to the other foot
-struggles to poo (makes a weird noise)
-seems very light and under weight
-vent is leaking a smelly liquid poo
-vent seems to be opened up and has a hard, dark colored hood-like mass above it.
-she holds her tail down
Edited by PsychoChicken - 3/4/12 at 11:16pm