Hi @Artemis Mom Welcome To BYC
Can you take her to a vet?
Do you know what type of snake it was?
Do you see any wounds/bites on her (look under the neck feathers) where the snake may have bitten her?
Did she start rubbing the feathers on her chest after you suspect she was bitten? If so, then look at her chest and under her chin/neck for any puncture wounds.
Have you added any new chickens to your flock within the last 30days?I couldn’t find a vet that would take her but I took her to a feed store nearby that sells medicine to ask their advice, they gave me probiotics and electrolytes to put in her water. And said that those should help the swelling. The lady that helped me has a flock of her own so I trusted her.
I don’t know what type of snake it was since I didn’t see it but neither I or the lady at the feed store could find any puncture wounds or any blood at all actually.
Actually she’s alway over preened that area of her chest she used to eat the feathers when she was a lot younger but then she stopped eating them but still rubs them a lot. She also likes to wallow with her chest pressed up against a certain tree root. I don’t think that it is related but it does concern me a bit because non of my granny’s hens ever exhibited the same behavior
Thank you very much for responding, I was in a bit of a panic when I posted but I’ve got her inside with me for now so I can keep an eye on her and I’m a bit calmer now. She is still eating and drinking fine and doesn’t act like anything is wrong.
Glad to hear that she is acting normal, eating/drinking and seems to not notice anything wrongHer crop is softer in the morning so I think it’s emptying alright but I keep some grit in her pen just in case. She always was a little obsessive about that area even when she was a baby.