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post #11 of 29

White poop residue on her feathers is a classic sign of Avian TB.  I'm sure it's a sign of other things, too...but we had three hens that had it and they all had that symptom. Other symptoms can be pale comb, progressive weakness over a period of months, rattly breathing, increased lethargy, no more egg laying, and lameness...but is a very slow progressing disease and the chicken eats and acts pretty much normal til the last;...in all three of our cases it took nine months from the start of symptoms, til when the hen died. One of the last symptoms they had was the white poop stuck to their feathers, although not all of them exhibited the other symptoms I mentioned, they all had that symptom. If that's what it is, there is nothing you can do to cure it, but you can help them by making sure they are parasite-free, and have a good healthy diet.   Fortunately, it is not necessarily contagious to the rest of the flock. (and I speak from experience, thank God!) It is a kind of chicken cancer that they pick up naturally, and, either they get it, or they have an immunity to it.  I hope I don't sound like the bearer of doom...and I have to stress that MAYBE that's not what it is....it might be nothing much.  It's just that that 36 week (nine month) thing, and the lethargy and the white poop, rang a bell. There are so many look alike things though.  Watching and keeping em as healthy as possible are probably the best thing you can do, I think. We understand what it's like to wait for advice and not know what to do in the meantime.  Good luck to you and your hen.

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post #12 of 29

Oh, I forgot...we also had another hen that had it...I mean I was sure she did...she had the same symptoms as BokBok and Cami and Poopybutt and she was BokBok's best friend too and we knew BokBok had it...but the other hen actually did recover... or, at least, she has not shown any symptoms since last summer and seems healthy and normal.  Thought I'd add a word of encouragement smile

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post #13 of 29

I totally understand your desire to have a response to your post.... you were worried and upset and really want to help your little bird

If she isn't pooping then something is very wrong with her

Feel her crop... tell us if its empty.. seeing as she isn't eating it should be ...

Or does it feel grainy or hard... if hard then she is crop bound..

Does she have a bad breath by any chance?.. it may be Sour crop

Do you have access to any medications or able to get any should we suggest anything...

Totally understand if you say finances restrict you ..

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post #14 of 29

Bluefire...please read thru all the posts, and make a list of all the questions and suggestions of what to look for or check, and post the answers.
that way we have more information to help you.

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post #15 of 29
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OK I was wrong I think she is egg bound. She has not been pooping in a healthy amount in days, maybe a week I thought maybe she could sort things out herself, but today we were cleaning off her pasty butt and found that the upper lip of her vent is overlaping her bottom lip. Her bottom also felt unusualy big. She is not eating or drinking much. So what we did was soaked her in water and put her in a warm towel. She is now in a dog crate in my room. do you think we did the right thing? What do we need to do tomarrow? Thanx for your support!!!!

post #16 of 29

try to add a little sugar to her water and feed her cooked rice. also u can buy electolytes and add to her water as well

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post #17 of 29

I noticed in one your earlier posts you said you "regularly feed them scratch, but not much"

do you not feed layer feed?
oyster shell?

is the hen very thin?
have they ever been wormed?

how is the sick hen doing?

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post #18 of 29
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We feed her layer feed, we do have oyster shell on hand but they dont eat it, she has never been wormed, she is very thin. She acts normaly and last night she pooped a little bit. The poops were mostly white, but not runny. I am going to let her outside, I don't want her to get stressed.

post #19 of 29

have you checked the crop?

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post #20 of 29

she may have a couple things going on at once and if she has never been wormed I suggest you start there... a faecal will identify any worms and the type, or you could go with a broadspectrum wormer such as ivomec Eprinex (which will also address many external parasites also) ... here is a link on that (I suggest you use the spot-on method instead of putting it in the waterer)...
http://shilala.homestead.com/ivomec.html

...I also suggest you give this bird a good nutritional supplement such as avicharge2000 (can be purchased online from McMurray or Strombergs) or the general supplement from roosterbooster brand.  Offer free choice a live culture yogurt.

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