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Crop Trouble in Two Week Old Chick

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Hello! I have a two week old Barred Rock. She has been very 'runty' since I brought her home. Out of my 13 new chicks, she is the only one who has had pasty butt trouble. She runs around, jumps, flies, and acts totally normal, but doesn't seem to be growing. Her butt problem seemed to clear up around the 1 week mark, and I thought we were in the clear with her. Her crop has always seemed bigger than any of the other girls, but I just assumed it was because of how little she was. The last two days, I noticed her crop was still big in the morning. I wasn't sure what to do for her. Now this morning, it is normal, but she is pooping a LOT ~ not runny ~ and it is all tinged with some blood. The blood looks like the intestinal shedding blood. Again, though...she is acting totally normal. I am not sure if this is okay! If I saw this blood in any other droppings, I probably wouldn't be worried about it. But she has really pooped a lot this morning, and it all has a bit of that blood in it. I even cleaned some off of her rear end, and then she dropped a little on me :) I would love to know your thoughts! I assume it isn't contagious to my other babies? And is there something I should do to help her get through this? Thanks so much for your help!!!

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Can you post photos of the poo?

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It is all dry now and the blood doesn't show up as much. There was a lot more than just this spot, but this is the only one that you can really still see the blood. It was fairly pink, and a little stringy. After I cleaned this up, she was the first to jump in and leave a new sample, HA! It was normal looking...solid brown with a little white. She is behaving completely normally, so I guess she's fine?!?


Edited by suchcutenails - 4/20/16 at 7:21am
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It looks like intestinal shedding, which would be normal.

Here is a poop chart.

http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=17568.0

 

Keep an eye on her just in case, if she acts lethargic, puffed (ruffled) up or any other symptoms then you would want to treat her for Cocci.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/coccidiosis-how-to-treat-it

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Originally Posted by Wyorp Rock View Post
 

It looks like intestinal shedding, which would be normal.

Here is a poop chart.

http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=17568.0

 

Keep an eye on her just in case, if she acts lethargic, puffed (ruffled) up or any other symptoms then you would want to treat her for Cocci.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/coccidiosis-how-to-treat-it

Thanks SO much! I appreciate your response! She seems totally fine :) I am wondering if it is just a coincidence that it came right after her crop seemed to be causing trouble? Hopefully whatever it was is passing! 

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I hope she continues to do well:)

 

Just a side note, if you plan to feed them anything (treats - mealworms, fruit, veggies, etc.) besides chick starter offer them some chick grit (free choice) so they can process/digest the food properly.

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