Hi all, I've posted a few times recently related to other hens, but now I'm confused as it seems a third hen is having similar issues. Please bear with the rant, I REALLY appreciate any insight.
- All hens are the same age (~1.5 years old) but different breeds. All from the same hatchery.
- Hen 1 has been laying consistent softshell eggs for several months, started noticing concerning stool from her for awhile but when it looked like the poop below (pic), I took her to the vet. No sign of internal or external parasite, tested stool, no obvious masses with physical exam. DID have concerning WBC count and got her through a course of antibiotics, retested blood and it came back normal. She's not laying still but now molting and poop looks good.
- Hen 2 got really tired for several days a couple of weeks ago, falling asleep standing up, and I had no clue why. Ended up bringing her along to the vet for Hen 1's follow up, both got blood draws and ultrasounds. Hen 2 did have an egg ready to go, which she laid the next day, and then several days later perked up. She also had an infection and is now on antibiotics.
- Now, I noticed concerning stool this morning (pic below) that looked just like Hen 1's possible EYP that made me take her to the vet in the first place. I was confused because it was directly under Hen 3's roost spot which is away from Hen 1 and Hen 2. Hen 3 hasn't laid an egg in several days and noticed her panting yesterday when it was 55deg (but humid). I just watched her poop, small amount but consistent with this new stool I'm possibly attributing to her.