black droppings

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by meadow house, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. meadow house

    meadow house Out Of The Brooder

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    I am worried about my new hen. I took in a bird who had last her flock to a dog and was looking for a new home. She is haivng a rough introduction. My girls make her sleep on the door step and wopn't let her on the roost at night. Whan I was cleaning out the coop I noticed that her droppings were very different then the ones under the roost. Black, runny. Is she sick? She's been with me for about a week.
     
  2. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    Any new bird you want to introduce should be separated for several weeks, not only for the health of your flock but also for her own. A move, the stress of that and new feed and flockmates....stress expresses itself physiologically in birds and can be even deadly.
    I would separate her to a warm temperature stable environment, give her a good general poultry supplement (if she seems to be drinking insufficiently then give an electrolyte in her waterer and put the supplement in her feed)... offer her live culture yogurt free choice .
    See how she does on that regime. I would also suggest a faecal float for cocci/worms.
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Black tarry stool in humans can be internal bleeding. Don't know about runny black stool. Treatment-I agree with the post above
     
  4. BlueMoon

    BlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my ladies has come down with black runny poo too. She's also hunched up, with tail lowered, but not the penguin stance.

    I'll follow Diana's suggestion (isolate someplace warm, yogurt, vitamins, but no place around here will test fecal matter). Would it be prudent to check her for anything else?
     
  5. meadow house

    meadow house Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the advice.

    She has been laying an egg a day for the last two days in a row right (6-7 month RIR). I can tell they are hers because my other RIR eggs are twice the size and much darker in color. These are the first eggs she has laid since she got here and I know she had just begun to lay in her previous situation.

    Also, I have seen her in the run with the other hens the last two mornings instead of hiding in the coop.

    My question is - will it be more stress to pull her now if she is begining to adjust/integrate?

    Her eyes are bright, and she seems active and healthy otherwise.
     
  6. dlhunicorn

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    Did you do the faecal? When was the last time you wormed your birds?
     
  7. meadow house

    meadow house Out Of The Brooder

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    I have never wormed my birds - there are only 4 including the new one and all of them just started laying their first eggs this month. What is a faecal float and where/how might I go about this?

    Thank you so much.
     

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