Blood on roost, toes are fine (pics)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by theabee, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. theabee

    theabee Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, so today When cleaning my coop there was blood on the roost in two places. AHHHHHHH!
    What could it be? Here are the pics
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    Some background: I have four chickens. It is very cold here, recently about 4*F. One of my chickens recently had an impacted crop (which I solved with an epsom salt bath and a water only diet for a day). I don't know if that could be significant?
    They are pretty young, about 8.5 months old. Some of them are laying, but it turned wintry before they got into full egg-laying gear.
    I get a about 1-2 eggs a day mostly. I got no eggs today.
    My first thought when I saw the blood was that someone had nibbled their toes, but none of their feet are injured.

    SO. My questions for y'all:
    What is it?
    Could it be egg laying problems? Something to do with the impacted crop? Is it significant that there is blood in two places?
    How can I cure what ever it is?

    THANK YOU! <3
     
  2. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would start them on a round of Corid immediately. That looks like coccidiosis to me.

    @Eggcessive , because I know you're not busy or anything. :p

    MrsB
     
  3. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I just had the same experience yesterday, but found my Mille Fleur d'uccle rooster had had a blood feather picked out around a foot. He probably lost an ounce of blood before I found him at bedtime on the roost. About once a month I will see some blood, but it's probably from a picked comb, and I never find the injured bird. I would look for droppings containing the blood. How do the birds act? Are any lethargic or puffed up or hunched? You could get Corid, but I wouldn't start it unless I knew that blood was from droppings. I think there would have been some remnants of stool in the blood if it was stool. If you find a dropping like that, by all means, treat with Corid right away at the strength of 2 tsp of the liquid, or 1.5 tsp of the powder per gallon of water for 5-7 days.
     
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  5. theabee

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    Thanks you two! It's true, the blood didn't seem to have any stool in it. Also, one of my birds is molting- maybe something happened to do with that?
    The birds do seem a little puffy and hunched, but it is getting into the negatives (*F) around here, so that makes it kind of hard to say- they could just be keeping warm. They seem active overall.
    Well, I'll keep an eye out for any more symptoms, but I'm thinking it's probably nothing...
     

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