Calling all poop experts!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Iriskandi, Mar 24, 2018.

  1. Iriskandi

    Iriskandi In the Brooder

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    C90B5D69-FBB2-43E6-A83C-8F917953CF4F.jpeg I have a hen that I am concerned about. She is about a year old. She was sold as a Buff Orpington at Rural King. But I have always suspected that she was really a red sexlink. If she is a BO, she is certainly Hatchery Stock. I noticed about a week ago she had a bit of a saggy bum. She would waddle a slight bit. I equated it to a baby walking around in a poopy diaper. But otherwise she acted normal. She would try to steal the food I give to a couple of my special needs birds. (I sit out on my porch with these little girls and feed them a special mash I make out of their food because they are the youngest and at the bottom of the pecking order.) I chalked her saggy bum up to being a little chubby but also looked up symptoms for EYP and ascites. I caught her the other night. And the area did feel pretty squishy. Most of my birds are at normal weight or a bit thin. Nearly everyone is molting, and some are having a harder time than others. She is getting ready to fully molt too. I do not know if she is currently laying. I have a lot of girls that lay the same colored egg in the same area. Anyhow the last few days I have noticed some yellow poop stuck to her bum, and her bum isn’t as saggy as it was. Plus she has stopped harassing me for the special food. Sure I have shooed her away several times because she’s chunky and didn’t need it. But it’s definitely a personality change for her. Yesterday I saw some of the girls peck a bit at her face, and she didn’t really react. Today when I was out, she was a little more antisocial. She stood by herself slightly fluffed. But she didn’t run away from being a part of the group either. She’s just not quite like herself. I wouldn’t call her lethargic really just not quite right. And then I saw this poop. And she had another poop like this too. I am concerned that she’s starting to go downhill. As an important side note, I have Marek’s in my flock. I do not know if there is a vet I can take her to in my area. And I don’t really like the idea of taking a Marek’s positive bird out in public and risk spreading the disease more. I have lost too many girls to direct Marek’s symptoms or secondary illness. And I am hyper sensitive to my flock’s behavior as a result. Two weeks ago I lost my first duck (mixed flock) in a year. She just stopped acting like herself and was gone within a few days.

    Am I being paranoid?
     
  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    That looks like it's possible an egg broke in her, can't recall the proper terminology. Try searching in the forums for "Egg broke in hen" or egg bound. Sorry I can't be of more help. Lets see if we can get some ... @Wyorp Rock @Eggcessive @azygous
     
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    Table4Six Crossing the Road

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  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Yellow like that can be a sign of infection and or liver disease. Can you get a baseline weight on her?
     
  5. Iriskandi

    Iriskandi In the Brooder

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    I can try tomorrow. I gave her a dropper of Nutri-Drench last night with no real improvement.
     
  6. Iriskandi

    Iriskandi In the Brooder

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    She seems perkier this morning. I wanted to post a bum and side view picture. She was in the middle of scratching for some food when I took this and looks like more hunched than how she has been carrying herself.

    She drinks and eats but will not get pushy for the food. Her bum looks a tiny bit saggier this morning. Is there anything I should start doing for her? Antibiotic? Bathe her?

    She keeps giving me side eye because she knows I’m watching her intensely!
     

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