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One of my chickens is clearly ill. She sits up, like a

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One of my chickens is clearly ill. She sits up, like a runner duck. Tail down, knees half bent. She can barely move around, is hardly eating. Her comb and wattle are a healthy red though. She doesn't seem particularly skinny.She started being slow about 5 days ago and since then it has gradually got worse. Any idea what this might be?
JA: A lack of appetite can seem worrying. The Expert will know how to help. Does the chicken seem to be in any pain?
Customer: Not visibly, but who knows?
JA: What's the chicken's name and age?
Customer: Prunella. She was given to us, no idea how old she is. Maybe 3 or 4 years old? Only guessing.
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Prunella?
Customer: One of our other chickens died a couple of weeks back. But she did not sit in funny upright position, she just lay down and stopped moving. Then died after a few days. I have put Prunella in a different pen from the others in case it's something contageous.
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: Bird
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Customer: replied 15 days ago.
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Expert:  Teodora B replied 12 days ago.

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Expert:  Teodora B replied 12 days ago.

I appologise about the wait.

Expert:  Teodora B replied 12 days ago.

How does the crop feel? How are the faeces? Any discharge from the eyes/nose?

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Comb and wattle very dark and floppy. Diarrhea.crip feels normal I think. Chicken not standing up. Tail pointing down. Not eating or drinking.
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
No discharge from eyes or nose
Expert:  Teodora B replied 12 days ago.

Thank you. Based on the information you have provided so far, my best recommendation is to give your local vet a call and book Prunella in for an consult. I strongly suspect we are dealing with something infectious, but unfortunately, due to the RCVS law, we are not allowed to dispense any antibiotics without a hands-on examination. In the meanwhile, please continue to keep her isolated. If she passes away, please ask for a necropsy/post-mortem exam.