Well, just when you think life is predictable, you get one sick bird! Poor Ellie, she was droopy for several days. Short version, she had worms. I brought her in all day yesterday, trying to diagnose her, keep her warm and push fluids and food. I read this wonderful article that really helped-
CARING FOR A SICK OR INJURED CHICKEN
After seeing she had worms, I did lots of research. Backyardchickens.com was a wonderful resource! This morning I got her started on worming meds, and a high calorie paste for dogs (chicken flavor!). The meds (Wazine 17) kicked in in about 4 hours, EW times 2! Then she started feeling much better. Ellie above, taking a break from her laundry basket room, looking out the window. She missed her friends, but had a nice view.
Here's her pals inside the sun room during our morning lite snow-
I let her out for about 20 minutes, and her friends mobbed her. They obviously missed her and stayed by her side as she walked around very slowly. I brought her back in and she went fast to sleep. All pooped out, excuse the pun. One more day in and I hope she'll be fine. We'll see....