I just bought this 1 year ols Lemon Cuckoo Orpington hen Last Friday, we exacuated for a fire Sunday, returned Monday. It has been hot, not other chickens are sick. She is lethargic and drooling a pale yellow color quite frequently. She shows no interest in water and pecheck at fresh corn on the cob one time then quit alltogether. She was not cheap and I care about my animals dearly. The only disease or ilness I could find was Cholera- but she doesn't have all the symptoms, just those 2. I also found 2 other people who's chickens experienced the same thing and their hend died, but no one really helped either. Anyone else deal with this and come out of it? I have her in a crate in the house and have dressed the hen pecking on her back (wich was improving). I try to give her sugar water with a dropper, but she just fights me. She won't walk either, but she will stand.
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