I'am new to keeping chickens and have 10 ex battery hens. I have had them now since september and all has been fine, although 2 days ago one of my girls seemed really poorly.
She is all puffed up, tail down and has lost weight. I read some advise about the possibility of her being egg bound and investigated (gently) she was very mucky around her rear end and her croup feels like its full of fluid, but i dont think i could feel an egg?
As the temperature has dropped recently I warmed her up yesterday, cleaned her rear end and she drank some water i had put down which had apple cider vinegar in, she seemed to perk up and ate some feed afterwards which was encouraging, but today she seems worse, and when i picked her up and brought her inside to warm up, what seemed like alot of water came out of her mouth. This has now happened twice and iam now very concerned about her. All other chickens seem fine and are as perky as ever...
Any advise would be great!!!