Hello, I'm very new to this forum (this is my first post) and also very new to backyard chickens (this is my first flock). I have a small flock of three in my Pittsburgh backyard. My bottom-of-pecking-order hen, Flhennery O'Connor, has not been looking so swell.
First she began having yellow runny poop- I know it's hers because I looked at her butt feathers. This was maybe less than a week ago. Then she, my most inquisitive hen, became lethargic, and depressed. She appears to have given up on the world and things around her. She is no longer interested in things she once loved, like mealworms. I even tried to hand feed her. She looks at them, haphazzardly tries to peck them out of my hand but ultimately fails as it appears that her motor skills are waning.
Today I separated her from the other two, I put her in the fenced in garden bed area- she's barely eating and therefore won't do much damage. She did begin to eat some grass. However, she is much lighter than the other hens at this point and I never picked them up much but I don't remember this always being the case. I think she has lost a signifigant amount of weight. I put some cayenne in her water as well as the other two's water after reading around on this forum about worms. I also gave her a variety of bright things like strawberries hoping that those may catch her eye. I'm going to have to put her in the coop with the other two tonight because I don't have another shelter, unless I bring her inside and put her in the tub or something.
Any suggestions to what this may be/ what I can do?
Thanks in advance..