Hi, I am new to this forum, deciding to join after seeing what beneficial advice people seem to be able to offer. I have a problem with my chicken and I feel so helpless, I want to end her suffering but I'm not sure what to do for the best.
We have 4 girls, the one in question is around 18 months old. She's usually feisty and active, great fun but 2 days ago my partner noticed she had totally changed - it seemed so suddenly. She was sat on her own, listing to the side, unco-ordinated and her wings had drooped, her eyes were glazed, her cone was pale. Upon picking her up she is really light and has lost so much weight it is almost inconceivable - her breastbone is really prominent.
She has been eating and seems to be drinking an awful lot. By the second day we had to remove her from the coop in the morning and place her in front of food and water as she struggled to move, was falling over a lot and we returned her in the night and get her as comfortable as possible. She began passing runny yellow stools yesterday, and last night we had to help her pass a large uncomfortable stool that was just hanging out of her.
We have been researching as much as possible, have done external checks and she doesn't appear to be egg bound or having breathing problems, it seems to be a stomach/dehydration issue. We found a recipe for a mix of pro-biotic yogurt, cooked egg yolk, honey, oats and multi-vitamins (not too much) and made this into a manageable crumble and hand fed her this, which she ate with a little more energy than she had shown for a while. When we returned her to the coop last night she immediately closed her eyes and dropped her head and seemed to fall asleep straight away.
This morning we had to remove her again but she has not touched food or water all morning. She has passed a couple of runny yellow stools but now is just lying on the floor with her neck twisted and eyes closed.
We have called a vet, but I really don't think that the poor thing will last the journey in a hot car and I just want to keep her as comfortable as possible.
I don't expect a miracle cure or solve-all suggestion, just some advice from somebody who may have experienced the same thing. I have posted a picture of the stools, maybe somebody may recognize something. We are prepared for maybe having to put her out of her misery, I don't want to give up on her but she is really suffering and I feel we are almost being cruel pro-longing her misery.
Anything anyone can offer will be greatly appreciated.