Aloha from Maui!
Only had our 14 hens for 7 months so definitely a newbie. I've been grateful to read so much helpful advice on this site and now find I'm in an urgent situation requiring my first post.
Yesterday, I went to the coop to offer morning food and one of our two 8-month-old brown leghorns was still on the roost, head drooped below roost level, must hanging really, wings spread out from body somewhat. She obviously heard my voice speak her name, as she shook her body a bit, but she couldn't raise her head, nor seemingly do much. I gently scooped her off the roost and brought her to our home.
The day before, she'd been perfectly fine, eating & drinking normally. I'd taken yogurt to them for a treat, and while I was scooping some out she put her head under a dollop and got some on her very sizable, floppy comb, which she couldn't completely shake off. I didn't want others pecking the yogurt off her so I picked her up and gently washed the yogurt off the comb as best I could. That's the only unusual thing that I am aware of that happened. She seemed fine after, still running around and feeding, etc. I thought nothing more and obviously, she was fine enough to get up into the roost for the night.
Since I found her drooped, her eyes are closed nearly all the time, tho' this morning she had one half open for a bit. She recognizes voices and *tries* to respond but cannot lift her neck, except to flop it into a new direction, mostly curled under. Occasionally she flops her whole body into a new position in the box she's in. She "talked" back to us with light little chirps yesterday, but nothing so far today. We've gotten a few drops of water into her beak, but she doesn't really open it for anything, but will swallow what gets in. Poo is runny at this point. We're keeping her out of drafts, in an aerated box, with a cover *around* her but not on her, since the weather is generally in the 70s and low 80s.
She was the last of her age group to finally start laying about 4-6 weeks ago and has been laying nearly daily. Believe she'd laid as recently as day before I found her drooped.
Considering how poorly she looked/looks, we've been surprised that she's made it thru the last 2 nights. No real change for better or worse in condition.
No external injuries that we can see.
All other birds are fine, including her sister.
Have searched forums for similar situations and while some seem similar, the complete droop and lack of open eyes seems to be the most significant difference.
Is there the possibility of recovery from this unknown malady?
Thank you in advance for any assistance!