Australorp with pale comb, lethargy, poor appetite, weight loss

Shimron

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My Australorp on the right hasn't been her best in the last week.

Her comb is yellow instead of red, moves slowly, hasn't been eating much (crop still filled but not super full), and has no energy to reach the roost at night.

No observable blood in stools. Stools look normal, with no observable worms.

Should I suspect coccidiosis?
 

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DobieLover

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My Australorp on the right hasn't been her best in the last week.

Her comb is yellow instead of red, moves slowly, hasn't been eating much (crop still filled but not super full), and has no energy to reach the roost at night.

No observable blood in stools. Stools look normal, with no observable worms.

Should I suspect coccidiosis?
What do her droppings look like?
Have you examined her crop first thing in the morning before she's had access to food and water to see if it is flat and empty?
Is she of laying age? If so, when did she last lay an egg?
How old is she?
What are you feeding your flock?
 
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Shimron

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Dec 3, 2020
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What do her dropping look like?
Have you examined her crop first thing in the morning before she's had access to food and water to see if it is flat and empty?
Is she of laying age? If so, when did she last lay an egg?
How old is she?
What are you feeding your flock?

Droppings are soft and light green, with the occasional wet brown splotch.
Haven't had a chance to check her crop yet as I run off pretty early for school. I'll take a look tmrw.
She's weeks away from laying age at 3mths and 24 days old.
She's eating fermented feed - soy:rice bran:rice:wheat:starter feed 5:2:0.5:1.5:1
 

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Droppings are soft and light green, with the occasional wet brown splotch.
Haven't had a chance to check her crop yet as I run off pretty early for school. I'll take a look tmrw.
She's weeks away from laying age at 3mths and 24 days old.
She's eating fermented feed - soy:rice bran:rice:wheat:starter feed 5:2:0.5:1.5:1
I would immediately put her and the rest of the flock on only the fermented starter. Put out a container or 2 of oyster shell for them for when they start laying.
She may have an impacted crop. Do you have grit available for them?
 
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Shimron

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I would immediately put her and the rest of the on only the fermented starter. Put out a container or 2 of oyster shell for them for when they start laying
She may have an impacted crop. Do you have grit available for them?
The whole flock free range so they get their dose of grit from the soil.
I'll go with the starter feed tmrw and see how it goes.
 

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