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Sick hen with bright green poop

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My chickens have been cooped up several days because of bad weather.  The last couple days when I went out to take care of them there is one hen that would sit right in front of the door, I'd have to push her out of the way to get in. Other than that she looked OK.  This morning we went out there and she was dead, there was bright green poop stuck to her butt.

What caused that?  And what do I need to do for the other chickens?  Should I get them out of the coop? Do I need to take all the litter out and bleach the coop?

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If it helps any,  the hen was a RIR.  They were given to us and I have no idea how old they are. They were the first flock of the people we got them from. THey hatched a new flock off of these and then wanted to get rid of the first flock.
The days they were in the coop I fed them layer pellets, wild bird seed and food scraps including kale, lettuce, egg shells, apples, and a banana. One day I hung a cabbage up for them.

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I believe bright green poop can mean either something toxic was ingested or there is no food in her system,maybe due to an impacted crop?  Was her crop large and hard?  Is there anything they could have gotten into?  Do they freerange at all?  Sorry about your loss.  I know it is difficult.

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Originally Posted by Its Just Us Chickens 

My chickens have been cooped up several days because of bad weather.  The last couple days when I went out to take care of them there is one hen that would sit right in front of the door, I'd have to push her out of the way to get in. Other than that she looked OK.  This morning we went out there and she was dead, there was bright green poop stuck to her butt.

What caused that?  And what do I need to do for the other chickens?  Should I get them out of the coop? Do I need to take all the litter out and bleach the coop?


Your first big clue that she was NOT ok was that she was sitting in front of the door and you had to push her to get in. No chicken in their right mind and body needs to be pushed- unless they are broody, or extremely tame. Needing to be pushed out of the way *in general* means you have a very sick or dying bird. Chickens in general do not want to be pushed, pulled or picked up. When you have a bird like that- pick her up, inspect her from head to foot, including the vent and crop, and whole body for lice/external parasites. She was huddling as she was too weak or otherwise too ill or painful to move.
Green poop in general in a chicken means they aren't eating, or aren't passing food material through. It just confirms that your bird was very sick.
Being you do not know how old they are, and they were given to you as 'spent hens' there are many many things that could have been wrong with her from parasites to reproductive cancer to age related organ failure.

post #5 of 6
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Her crop is not hard or swollen or anything.

Even tho she was sitting in front of the door and had to be moved out of the way to get in,  when I put out the food she would go eat with the other chickens.  Had she not been eating, or otherwise acted or looked unwell, I would have been a little more concerned.  Instead, I tought, well that's funny, I'll keep an eye on her and see what happens. Next time I'll have to look a little more closely I guess.

So do I need to worry about what she had being contagious to the other chickens?

post #6 of 6

at this point, I'ld just start watching the others very very closely. Put some apple cider vinegar in  their water (not in a galvinized waterer). Chop up lots of raw garlic and put it in their feed - it is an immune booster. (some people think that you get a garlic taste in the eggs, but I have never found this to be true for me).

It sounds as if you have taken good care of your chickens - but some loss is to be expected as chickens seem to be susceptible to more illness than I've found in other animals. Doesn't make it any easier, though.

There are some good resources on this forum for diseases - and I'ld suggest reading this section regularly because you'll get a good idea of how to treat all sort of symptoms.

Let us know how the rest of your flock does!

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