I have what I believe to be an internal layer with a possible infection. I'd like to help her if at all possible, so any and all thoughts/advice/ideas are welcome. Here's the situation:
I have a SS pullet named Peck who was bought from a local NPIP breeder as a day old chick around Easter of this year. She started to lay recently, (for about a month now), but has only laid broken, soft shelled eggs. She free ranges in our fenced in backyard with our two other chickens and we have her on layer crumble with free choice oyster shell. She also started having clear, runny poop with what looks like mucus and feels like she is losing weight. She wouldn't eat the oyster shell, so we have been giving her scrambled eggs with crushed egg shell and yogurt, which she eats. Also, have been adding Sav-a-chick and Rooster Booster to their water, which I completely change out every single day. We treated the whole flock (3) with corrid, dusted with Seven dust and wormed with Safeguard. No improvement at all. The other chickens have not had any issues or symptoms of any kind, and there were no other chickens on or around the property before these ladies got here. Possibly unrelated, but she also has a slight limp that has been going on for months too. There is no bumblefoot, or injuries that we can see, but because there were no other symptoms in her, or the others, we assumed she had jumped off the roost wrong (which was too high and we fixed that). So, after the basic "fixes" failed and she seemed to be getting slowly worse, we got injectable Penicillin. (I am currently looking for a vet to do a fecal float test, but have been turned away by my regular vet) The morning after the first injection, she had the first solid, normal looking poop I've seen probably in about a month. Last night was the second injection and today, her limp is gone... She has been very vocal today and squatted again for the first time in a long time as well. What is going on?! If the anti-biotic didn't work, we were going to try to go the fungal route, but this seems to be working. I am still looking for a vet, bc I really don't like not knowing what I'm dealing with. Whatever it is, it's very slow moving and isn't affecting the other chickens. I'm going to edit add the pictures in just a minute. Thank you for reading!
Here's the one of the "eggs" we got from her
Here's a couple of the poops she was having for over a month with increasing frequency. The last couple days before the injections, it was only these watery clear droppings.
And the morning after the first injection, a dramatic difference
She looks healthy otherwise. Her vent has been a little dirty, but I think it's egg yolk.Edited by Naliez - 10/22/15 at 9:54am