Chicken pooping red/maroon poop & not accepting feed.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by parweshk, Apr 27, 2018.

  1. parweshk

    parweshk In the Brooder

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    Since yesterday morning my rooster(26 week old) is not accepting feed. I force fed him tomato at night and in morning. Now in afternoon he pooped reddish poop(pic attached) thrice. I am worried is it something dangerous. Kindly help.
     

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  2. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

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    The red poop is probably just the tomato. Chicken poop takes on the color of whatever the chicken has eaten. I see coal black poop after my chickens have ingested wood ash during their dirt bathing, and you should see the spectacular purple color of poop following purple cabbage.

    If your rooster isn't eating, he may have impacted crop. Is he an indoor rooster? Or does he get outside to play on dirt? If he's indoors all the time, do you give him grit? Grit is small stones for digestion. Coarse river sand will work.

    Feel his crop. Is it hard and lumpy? Soft and squishy? Or is it perfectly empty? Does he drink a lot of water? Does he do a snake thing with his neck, stretching it out and giving it a quick side action?

    What are you feeding him, besides the tomato?
     
  3. this link shows the very wide range of 'normal' chicken poop http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=17568.0
     
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  4. parweshk

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    Glad that you took effort to reply
    He generally stays indoor and yes I do have a tray full of small sized stones for him but he hardly toches it. The crop is completly empty.
    And yes inspite of high temperature he hardly drinks water. Regarding side action with neck, yes he does it as if his neck is itching.

    He gets vegetable waste, cilantro,wheat flour dough,cucmber,tomatoes, dal-rice(lentil soup +cooked rice his favourite.).
     
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  5. I'm not sure if the dough is a good idea...
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

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    My chickens get tomatoes from my garden in summer, and I don’t think I have seen that in their droppings. They will at other times occasionally pass some intestinal shed which looks orange and stringy.

    I don’t know what is wrong with your rooster, but I would stop the tomato and mix some chicken feed with some yogurt, and a lot of water.

    Where are you located? Do you have sulfa antibiotic where you live? Sulfamethazine and others may treat some intestinal infections, including coccidiosis. He could have worms, infection, cancer, hard to know for sure. Capillary worms can cause bleeding. Could he have swallowed something sharp?
     
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    I have not seen him swallowing anything sharp. I am in india and would check for those antibiotics at my local store. Btw thanks a lot.
     
  8. azygous

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    Monitor his poop today. No more tomatoes. If his poop continues to be bright red, he has a problem, perhaps a tumor, maybe in his gizzard, that's bleeding.

    The neck movements indicate discomfort in his crop. It could be from not having his gizzard working properly or something else. I would give him a teaspoon of coconut oil and see if that makes him feel better.

    It's easier to give if you chill it so it's solid. Then gently massage the oil into his crop to disperse it. As @Eggcessive suggests, yogurt is a very good thing to feed him. It installs good bacteria in his intestines, and a tablespoon given once or twice a week can keep him healthy.

    I like to start off treating the easiest most obvious things first and see if the patient feels better, then if that doesn't work, move onto the next thing.
     
  9. parweshk

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    Thanks for making efforts.
    He is still not eating. Am going to give him chilled coconut oil and yogiurt.
    Tumour is the last thing I want to hear and I cannot afford to see him suffering as I love him alot.
     
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  10. azygous

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    Keep positive. Your rooster has a good chance of getting better. Be sure he has access to cool water. Your heat may be playing a big role in his not wanting to eat. Not eating much isn't a concern, but drinking water during a heat spell is very important.
     
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