And little Ruby gave me a scare a few days ago.
I'm just hoping we're out of the woods.
I'll go into a bit of detail in case any of you are chicken savvy -- Melba? Perhaps you can help diagnosis.
I noticed Ruby's rear-end feathers looked "dirty" and thought she needed a little sponge bath. I didn't get to it immediately and soon after saw she was lethargic. A little panic (and guilt) set in. If you recall, Emmy Lou, who was also an Isa Brown, just died in June and I did not intend to repeat that episode.
A little sleuthing on the internet led me to think she might have a bound egg. The advice was a sitz bath and abdominal massage.
Rick stayed nearby, a good thing, since the girl almost escaped during the 15 minutes of warm soaking. Then the massaging. Rick felt no tell-tale sign of a lodged egg. BUT, we did see a little egg string in the sitz bath water. Of course I returned to the internet to see what the signs of an internally broken egg are. That led us to inserting, via eyedropper, a small amount of oil into her vent. I'm truly not sure what we accomplished, but she seems to be displaying normal behavior now.
By the way, she did not object too strongly to being dried off from her bath with my hairdryer.
Who woulda thought...