My two sick chickens have been granted some more time to see if they can get better. I'm torn because I have chicks hatching in a week, so I don't want the sick chickens anywhere near the house. We have a back room in the house that we don't use because it has not heated. In a "compromise" the sick chickens are in there now. I've already treated both of them for worms and also with tylan. The younger one had Corid and the older one had oxytetracycline. I will treat the older one with Corid for 5 days and see if that helps. The younger pullet was eating on her own today, so maybe she is feeling better. They have not lost more weight this week.
Meanwhile there is a 3rd pullet (sister to the 4 month old) who sometimes seems slow and puffed up but will be normal the next day. I check her crop daily and she is a good eater. However, she has no meat on her and only weighs 1.8 pounds. I'm thinking she is sick too. Her healthy sisters are around 3 pounds or more. I know I worry too much, but it is so hard to see them sick. It would be better if they would just quickly pass in the middle of the night and not have to suffer or waste away!
If I've learned anything at all through this ordeal, it is to let them go when it is time. There comes a point when it is obvious that they are not going to get better. I need to be the one to make the call and let the chickens go peacefully and not let them suffer anymore. I guess with each one it gets a little easier, but it is still sad.