A few weeks ago my husband and I got two naked neck silkies at a chicken show. They are about 4 months old according to the seller. They are currently separated from other chickens in an indoor cage with pine and cedar bedding. The poulet seems fine, but the male seems to have digestion problems. The first week he had watery poop and sometimes there was some blood in the poop. We separted the two and put Terramycin in their water (1/4 tsp per 2cups) along with Avia Charge 2000. We also ground the feed (Dumor Grower) a little finer in a clean coffee grinder. We also added a bit of probiotics to the feed. His appetite has been fine, but the first week he was drinking water like crazy (probably because he was losing so much in his poop). There was also a gurgling sound when he drank water (not a vocalization, but like the kind of gurgling sound my stomach would make).
By the next week his poop firmed up, but there was occasionally a bit of blood still. His drinking rate decreased to what I would assume is normal. With this improvement we stopped grinding the food finer and put the two forlorn chickens in one cage. He went several days without watery or bloody poop, but yesterday there was some bloody mucus again and it was watery! I was thinking of calling the vet, but the poop looked normal so far today. I don't know how serious this is considering that he doesn't seem to be suffering.
By the way, my husband and I are new to the world of chickens. We moved to a property that came with a largely self sufficent flock of what the previous owner called jungle fowl. Don't worry, the silkies will not be put out with the "jungle fowl" Those silkies are pets. They are truly the lap dogs of the chicken world.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Edited by scratch'n'peck - 10/31/08 at 2:40pm