I've been away the last three nights at my mother's for my niece's 9th birthday party. And seeing Tom off to a conference in New Orleans. Anyway I got back too late to check the chickens last night, but this morning when I popped out to open the run and let them range, only five came out. The other one was stiff as a board in the nesting box. Our neighbours and chicken-sharers were also away though they did see them all last night and they seemed fine. I suspect that one has been nursing a cold. The temperatures have changed dramatically over the last few days from warmish, to freezing and back up again. There's another looking a bit sorry for herself with a runny nose and a slight wheeziness. A cold seems the most likely thing but any ideas from chicken-keepers out there would be gratefully received. The other four look perky as ever and are roaming all over the place.
I've ordered a liquid tonic and a powder which the vet described as "curry powder for chickens" which you add to their food and it warms them. Pick it up tomorrow. I hope the second one is okay but I'm not sure what else I can do. I did ask the vet if I should bring her in to the house. Thankfully she said no. And everyone I spoke to about it seems pretty philosophical. So that's what I shall aim to be.