My girl is looking very sick

JiJis hens

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Hi, my girl is about a year old and looks very depressed. She stop laying a few day's ago and was crying out yesterday in the morning. Last night her tail was down and she just lays there in the corner not wanting to do anything. I bought the food and water to her and she ate and drank so she does have appetite. She has her mouth open and breaths hard.

I have been reading through some post but I don't want to do anything that might get her worse. First, I thought she just had a scare but when I pet her her head falls to the ground and she closes her eyes like she's sleeping. She normally very alert when she's spook. I checked for any injuries and don't see or feel anything out of the ordinary.

I also read that a new chicken might get her sick. I did bring home a pullet and put her with my other two when her feathers grew. That was about two weeks ago. If that's what might have gotten her sick were can I buy antibiotics for her?

Or should I lay her in warm water incase she has an egg in her?

Weather is around the 80's, should I bring her inside? I will give her pedyalite for the mean time.
 

Happy Chooks

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I wouldn't rush out to put her on antibiotics without knowing what is wrong.

Feel her abdomen - do you feel an egg? Look at her legs, does she limp at all - have an injury? Look around her vent, does she have lice?

Are there feathers coming off her? This would indicate molting and with molting it is normal for them to quit laying, lay around and be grumpy.
 

JiJis hens

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I am hoping it's just molting. She has only been laying for a month thought, it's it normal?

What worried me was the open beak and the breathing.

Her poo color is different too. I gave her brussel sprouts yesterday and today her poo is forest bright (almost lime) green. Here's a pick event thought the color doesn't show as I see it. Does that look like healthy poo? The only human food I may feed her is yogurt, oats or corn crumbs.
 

Happy Chooks

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It's probably from the brussel sprouts.

Last year I fed my chickens a bunch of beet greens. I about freaked out the next day when I went out and there was RED poop everywhere! Then it occurred to me that it was from the beets.

If she's only been laying a month, then she shouldn't be molting. Any other symptoms? Nasal discharge? Have you added any new birds to the flock?
 

LilyChicken111

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The chicken at my school, Lily, is also very sick looking. She is most of the time away from the other chickens, and when she is, she's always hiding in a bush. When I pet her, or hold her, her neck droops and she closes her eyes as if she's sleeping as well. I feed her apples and chicken feed or dried corn, and she loves them, but her poop is also a strange greenish color. She hasn't laid eggs for two months, or I just haven't seen her in the roosting nest. She also gets pecked by other chickens. I'm starting to get really worried about her, and I don't know whats going on.
 

JiJis hens

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It's probably from the brussel sprouts.

Last year I fed my chickens a bunch of beet greens. I about freaked out the next day when I went out and there was RED poop everywhere! Then it occurred to me that it was from the beets.

If she's only been laying a month, then she shouldn't be molting. Any other symptoms? Nasal discharge? Have you added any new birds to the flock?
I see no discharge coming out anywhere.

I also felt around her belly and did not feel an egg. I gave her a warm bath and inserted my finger in her vent (I did use glove and KY) and felt nothing.

The girl I added I had as a pullet and I put her outside once her feathers grew. If it's the new chicken what should I do now?
 

JiJis hens

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The chicken at my school, Lily, is also very sick looking. She is most of the time away from the other chickens, and when she is, she's always hiding in a bush. When I pet her, or hold her, her neck droops and she closes her eyes as if she's sleeping as well. I feed her apples and chicken feed or dried corn, and she loves them, but her poop is also a strange greenish color. She hasn't laid eggs for two months, or I just haven't seen her in the roosting nest. She also gets pecked by other chickens. I'm starting to get really worried about her, and I don't know whats going on.

I'm sorry to hear your chicken is not doing well either. I am happy mine is eating and drinking as well.

My girl is more like the mother hen to the other chickens. So I am really worried about her.
 

Smoochie

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I always put sick chickens in a crate with a heat lamp. I have an extra storage room in my coop but a garage would be fine (draft free) to put the crate in. I would then give her some chicken vitamin's you get at your local livestock store. I use stressaid. Dip her beak in the vitamin water.

I hope your chicken makes it. Unfortunately, chickens are not very hardy and often hide their sickness until it is too late.
 

JiJis hens

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Thank you Smoochie.

I have her isolated in a crate. She is having a hard time breathing
 

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