- Dec 23, 2011
My 1 1/2 yr old girl Owl (Brown Leghorn) has been super lethargic, a little wobbly, loosing tons of feathers mostly around her vent, and although eating some, not pooping. Her head is cocked to the side a bit, which isnt normal for her. She still does her preeing routine. The last poop she did was just water. Her crop is the size somewhere between a golfball and a baseball, which is unusually large for her. It is soft and malleable, and I don't feel any hard chunks in it. I have been massaging it every hour or so. (but not sure if I am even doing that right.) She's a free ranger, forages and eats pellet and veggie scraps. I cant figure out why she is lethargic and losing feathers. She has stopped laying, but I checked for a bound egg and found none. Perhaps she is just moulting, but the sites say lethargy shouldnt accompany that. I have isolated her from the other hens, given her olive oil, vitamin water, honey and milk soaked bread. I also gave her an olive oil & water enema, but she kept it in! Usually they poop it out right away. Perhaps she is dehydrated. Is there anything else that I can do for her? Any help would be appreciated. (By the way, we live in California, so its been about 60-80 degrees here. A little cooler at night.) Oh and I checked her nesting box and although we clean out the poo and hay every day, today, hers was wet! strange.