No they haven't laid any eggs for a few weeks.
Not at all. They have been very lively until this recent episode. I have noticed that their bottoms were dirty and I cleaned them up. They have only had this problem of walking very slowly, not being able to get up & down their ramp& general lethargy & balance problems. They are eating & drinking a little one better than the other.
They stand with their tails down.
Thank you. I will not be able to reply until tomorrow when my son will come to help me . I hope the hens will be all right until then. Thank you so much so far I will get back to you asap. Kathryn
My son is coming to help me at 9 . They are warm in their house & have had a bit to eat & drink.
We have examined the hens ,The abdomen feels very swollen but I couldnt feel any eggs .
Thank you so much. It is sad news but confirms the advice given to me today by an old boy in the neighbouring farm. I have decided not to attempt to nurse them because I think they have little chance of making a full recovery. They will be dispatched this afternoon because I feel they are suffering a lot of pain & I dont want that to drag on. I will be looking out to replace the two birds as soon as I am certain there is no sign of this illness in the remaining 2 birds. What puzzles me is how did they get this infection. How can I prevent this happening ?