Lost a chicken today. She's been quarantined for 4 days and just never turned for the better. Not sure what happened. Didn't seem to be respiratory b/c we didn't notice any labored breathing, etc. No odd or stinky smells. She wasn't eating or drinking on her own, but her crop seemed fine. Noticed this shed feather shaft/dandruff looking thing both today and yesterday when I was tending to her and wondered if it could be tapeworm? Maybe that was her demise?
Of course, had to check the healthy chickens droppings and though I see lots of shed feather casings/dandruff, this looked a bit different. Only found it on one healthy chicken poo. It has segments which I think can be seen in the pics.
Is this normal shedding of feather shaft material or is it tapeworm . . . or something else altogether?
Thanks for your help!
Sick chicken poo - segment in question is white and just a bit lower than center.
Healthy chicken poo with similar segmented thing
Normal shaft/dander shedding as I understand it
Edited by chxmama - 1/9/16 at 1:51pm