A poop question...is it normal?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Darklingstorm, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. Darklingstorm

    Darklingstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2011
    Durant, Oklahoma
    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.) Production Reds, BO, Jersey Giant and SLW all are 10 months old

    2) What is the behavior, exactly. I've noticed that there is poop on my hens butt feathers (the fluffy feathers under the vent area). It's not pasty butt but there is poop smeared all the way down. Like the feathers are too long to get out of the way.

    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?They were always clean birds but over the last couple of weeks I've noticed the poop painting is happening more often.

    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? My young pullets are clean, it just my big girls.

    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. nope

    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. None

    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. All my chickens eat Purina Flock Raiser, free choice oyster shell and free range over my yard

    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. Normal, just lots of it

    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? nothing, but I read someone's post about chicken poop and what is normal or not and I got to thinking, maybe something might be wrong and I'm too new to know it.

    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet? We don't have a avian vet here so all treatments are done at home by me.

    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. Sorry no picture, but can get one tomorrow is needed.

    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use: I just recently (last Thursday) had to remove the pine shaving from the coop due to it getting very wet (door blew open during storm), but before that it was dry; have not been able to get more pine shaving yet. You can see the inside of my coop on my website. I have a total of 9 hens that perch together and 5 little ones that perch by the nest boxes (their choice). When we built the coop I measured off 12" of perch space per bird and the perches can hold all 9 plus some just fine.

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