I joined just to ask this. I have an old hen, 19 years old, who fell ill on christmas eve. Well, more ill. For the past 10+ years she has had a pendulous crop that we have tried and failed to cute. Despite of this she has been very happy in life. She has disgusting burps, is very thin and poops probably 3 times a day - small lumps of tar - but for over 10 years has been "healthy". In the past year I've been making bras for her and they have helped her run around again without tripping over her own chest - which she enjoyed doing greatly. I came home early morning christmas eve and didn't realise that she had fallen asleep outside of the coop. I considered checking where she was, but since it was a warm night (about 30C/86F, im in Australia so our Christmas is in summer) I figured it would be ok. when I woke up I found her on a ledge she couldn't get down from, and she had a slight limp and didn't really want to walk. I felt awful. On christmas day she had more symptoms. She had stopped walking around and stood in a typical "im sick" position, half-standing with her feathers fluffed. She refused to eat but would go and get water by herself. Her only other symptom was that her comb had fallen over, but was still a warm and healthy red, and she was making a bit too much drool. I cared for her the best I could while suffering food poisoning. Today - boxing day - she's gotten very slightly worse, making spit bubbles when she silently calls out (she hasnt had a voice for years) and refusing to walk even a little way. I syringe fed her water through the day, so im not sure if she still had the will to get water by herself. I gave her a warm epson bath and dried her with a hair dryer, but she got cold shaky legs when i put her outside so she spent the afternoon resting on my lap with her flock members visiting her and is currently sleeping inside wrapped in towels. She has only had olive oil, epson salt mixed water and sugar water for two days now. thats as descriptive as I can be with all the information I think is relevant. Is there anything else I can try to help her? does anyone know what this could be? I'm hoping its a simple cold or virus, but it seems that no illness is simple for chickens... If its finally her time after all these years I can accept that, but I want to give her a fighting chance.