Tuesday, another small dose of aspirin, and the normal vitamins and hand feeding. She was still pretty responsive which again was hopeful. Wednesday morning we went to the vet. First point of interest:
IF YOU HAVE ANY INTENTIONS OF USING PREDNISONE OR METACAM DO NOT START ON ASPIRIN.
Something about how they interact, the vet couldn't have put her on prednisone until 7-10 DAYS after the last aspirin dose.
Still, I am happy she responded so well, and it may be an option for others who are not able or willing to go to the vet.
While at the vet she had a thorough exam and the vet found nothing broken or other obvious injuries. He said he didn't suspect vitamin deficiency because I'd had her on a balanced starter feed for the 4 weeks I'd had her prior to any sign of symptoms. He said it was most likely viral or bacterial, and that they see it most often (how often people in this area take chickens to the vet I don't know) with inner ear infections. In my opinion this kind of fits as she is swollen around her left ear. We are continuing aspirin use (1/16 of a low dose pill that is hell to split out) and have also added an antibiotic. Vet said 2-3 days should see noticable improvement if it's bacterial so fingers crossed! I will continue to update!
Edited by spangles403 - 3/30/16 at 7:51pm