- May 31, 2016
On April 20, we adopted an Easter Egger hen we call Grumpy. She free ranges in my yard with my rooster and 6 other hens. Her light green eggs always have a bumpy surface, otherwise they are delicious. 10 days ago she and 5 of my hens stopped laying - I figured it was the weather, temps were crazy - from 40 to 90 degrees 2 days in a row - then back to 40 - plus 2 weeks straight of rain - the yard was very muddy and wet. Last Sunday, she went into the coop early, after nesting for a long time earlier in the day. She was slightly lethargic and had diarrhea that was green and runny. She would drink but not eat. I caged her and kept her warm overnight - the next day I gave her rooster booster B12 and Probiotics, electrolytes, etc. Within 8 hours, she was running around free ranging eating, drinking and pooping like her old self. I continued with the vitamins/probiotics in all the water dispensers. I needed more feed so I chose, at this time, to buy the more expensive Purina Omega 3 feed - they all love it. After 3 days of normal, happy flock activity, I found a lash egg in her nesting box yesterday. Now I am at a loss. I do not know for sure that it came out of Grumpy. She and my 5 month old hen, Polly, use the same oversized box. Last week, my husband told me Polly came out of the coop with a membrane egg stuck to her butt - but Grumpy had been in the same box for 2 hours before her. Last night, I took note of where they were nesting - they were in 2 separate areas. When I opened the coop this morning, both birds were in the same box! When they cleared out, there was normal looking poop - and a membrane egg in the box. All day I've been watching - they are acting normal. Both came running along with the rest of the flock when I walked outside with some raisins - their favorite snack. I made an appointment for the vet for Monday just in case, but, it is $95 just to walk in the door. Should I assume the worst - Salpingitis - and try to head it off with antibiotics for both? I have vitamins, electrolytes, ACV, but only a bottle of clarithromycin and about 2 days worth of Amoxycillan when it comes to antibiotics.