Please help me. My 5 year old henopausal rhode island red hen died a few days ago (she's in my username picture right there). :( She had chronic diarrhea for a couple weeks. It was pale yellow with white too & sticky. Sometimes it was just liquid. I guess the flies liked the poo because she got flystrike in her vent area a few times. I had to give her lots of baths and soaks to get all the maggots off. Gross I know. She finally got too weak and died. Stopped eating chicken feed. Ate small bites of table scraps (yogurt, bread, etc.). Stopped eating period. Stopped roosting. Stopped leaving the chicken coop with the other hens. Progressed to death.
I feel like I let her down & it breaks my heart.
What I did to help her: Antibiotic powder in the water, and electrolyte + probiotic water. The feed store guy suggested these three things. (But maybe he was clueless! He recommended some wormer tablets and then changed his mind. Plus I was there today & he asked me how she was. I said she died. He asked if it was scaly legs?! What does that have to do with diarrhea?) :P
I also gave her some Valbazen like the day before she died. But it was expired. I've only wormed my hens once with that stuff a long time ago. And I don't know if it even did anything. Plus it was hard to get it into their mouths. :/
--My other 3 chickens are healthy and happy!
--She had poop stuck to her feathers back there for a while before this diarrhea thing. I finally bathed and clipped her back there. But then she got sick so maybe I shouldn't have?
--My other rhode island red died a few years ago from this same diarrhea thing minus the flystrike.
Edited by mschickiemama - 7/14/15 at 4:14pm