Not sure if anyone's following along with Goldie's little journal, but I'm going to continue posting because I'm really struggling with what to do here and this is helping me thinking through options.
So today, I separated her first thing in the morning in the hospital crate. I made her some scrambled eggs, mixed in some probiotics, and sprinkled over some mealworms, which she loves. I also added her antibiotics to the water.
When I checked on her at noon, she hadn't touched the food or water. I've never had a chicken refuse scrambled eggs.
I took her out of the crate and set her on the ground with the food and water, thinking maybe she felt too confined too eat? She still didn't touch them.
I sprinkled some mealworms and sunflower seeds in front of her on the ground, and she picked them up in her beak, mouthing at them a lot, but ultimately kept dropping them without eating. It was like she wanted to eat but couldn't.
I wet down a handful of layer pellets to make a mash, and she was more enthusiastic about that. She did eat a good bit of that- but probably not enough, given it's all she'd eaten all day. She also drank some of the water.
Her poop looked like this- very green colored, and I could see lots of undigested grains throughout it (she did eat a lot of scratch and mealworms yesterday, she was very interested in food then):
In the picture, it looks like there's yellow material on the right, but I think that's just the bad lighting in the garage- that was really clear and the flash is reflecting off it. The urates were thicker than usual, but I don't think what you're seeing is egg material passing.
After about an hour of keeping her separated from the others to see if she'd eat, I let the rest of the group out to freerange. She perked up almost immediately, like she was depressed about being isolated. She's now still out with the others- she's a little sluggish, and her color isn't great, but she's out moving around, scratching and pecking, with some breaks to lay down near where the rest are scratching around.
Also, she has lost enough feathers that she could be lightly molting. So I'm not sure if the sluggishness/bad appetite is because of molting, or if the molting is because she's sick/stressed.
Her crop doesn't seem to be impacted. She does still have a somewhat unpleasant smell around her beak, but no obvious discharge from her nose or mouth. I'm thrown off by seeming hungry but not eating.
Not sure what to do from here.