Bringing the new pullets home Friday brought my total number of chickens to 6 - a number manageable only because they are bantams, and so small.
Dolly was fine yesterday morning, but by early afternoon was very sick, with labored breathing and, much more than lethargy - she couldn't hold her head up and only opened her eyes a couple of times. I immediately put everyone on Sulmet in their water, and began forcing some down Dolly with a syringe. She was much worse by last night, and this morning when I got up, she was gone. (None of the other birds are showing any symptoms)
To be fair, she had a bout with something similar, but less severe, about 2 or 3 weeks ago, and snapped out of it overnight on the Sulmet - which I kept everyone on for a week after that. When the new birds came in, they went right into a quarantine cage, and I practiced rigorous 'hand hygiene." (I do work in a hospital, after all) I don't believe in coincidences, so I figure she either picked up a virus they brought in, especially if she was in a weakened condition from her earlier symptoms, or something regenerated her illness from before.
But why is it always your favorite?
She was quite a little character, and will be missed.