My white chicken last night was in the box where she lays eggs not wanting to move. At first I thought she was dead. But she reacted when I touched her . Concerned she was overheated due to the heat wave, I wet her and placed some ice under her before closing the coop for the night. This morning I was concerned to find her dead, but she was still there. I have to go to work so I know if she stayed there all day without drinking she would die, so I moved her from it. She just laid on the floor. I startled her and she started walking, drank a tiny sip from a puddle and then ate some boiled rice.
She is walking but she is complaining a lot and repeatedly scratching her beak on the ground as if something is bothering her and ruffling her wings (this could be because I wet her). She pooped, and I looked her vent and no sign of egg stuck. I have to go to work so not sure what I can do to encourage her to drink more. I gave rice, a bit of banana but wished i had watermelon. Any ideas what may be wrong with her? Right now, she looks OK other than talking a lot and scratching her beak.. and not drinking for a chicken that was laying in a box from late last night..
Note: we give them grit often..
Edited by alessadry - 6/30/12 at 5:55am