Chook with dicky tummy worry

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Roblex42, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. Roblex42

    Roblex42 New Egg

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    Hi all first time poster so please be gentle!

    We have 3 ex bats getting on for 2 yrs old. (we have had them for nearly 6 months). They have settled in well and we have had no major problems. We feed them layers mash and pellets from a supplier specialising in ex bats. They live in an eglu run with 1 metre extension and are let out every so often into the garden. We have recently moved (1 month ago) so it is a new garden for them so this may be a factor.

    The run temporarily had straw when we first moved but now is wood chipped.

    The reason I am posting is that one of them ('Dilly') has started to have runny poos. To begin with she was a little lathargic, drinking lots eating very little and the poos where basically clear with a little white. But the next day she was very perky almost her old self and eating more but not from my hand.

    In the last couple of days she remains fine and is eating lots (and out of my hand) but her poos are still runny, although they are now green. I keep see sawing between taking her to the vet and continuing to monitor her. If she was lethargic I would take her straight there but as she seems energetic and alert I'm not sure. Today I noticed a couple of times (not every time) she took some water and it came back up looking a bit syliva (sp?) like which has made me see saw back to the vet option.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks
     
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2011
  2. Roblex42

    Roblex42 New Egg

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    Also her crop is empty in the morning. First thing I checked.
     
  3. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Does you vet see chickens?

    I thought one of mine did but he doesn't.

    If the vet comes to you already (farm vet) and is there to see someone else let them look- or if its a short drive and inexpensive
    (sorry chickens are NOT exotic animals and I will not pay an 'exotic' random additional fee just because you say so thank you Mr. ex-vet)

    Could there be pesticides or chemical fertilizer in the ground?

    What color is her comb and wattles?

    Has she lost weight?

    If you food high in protein?
     
  4. Roblex42

    Roblex42 New Egg

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    Hello,

    In answer to your question I do have a vet who deals with poultry (called yesterday to confirm this). My main concern with taking her to the vet is the distress the journey may cause. Like I said she would have been there already if she was showing signs of suffering or discomfort.

    Her colourings all seem the normal red and the ex bats mash is 17% protien. She has never had any problems with the feed before and the other 2 are fine on it.

    As the other chickens are ok in the new garden I doubt it would be chemical based toxins - it is not a large garden so I think if one came into contact with something like that they all would.

    With regards to her weight I don't think she is any lighter but hard to tell with ex bats as they are bred to be skinny bean egg laying machines...
     
  5. Roblex42

    Roblex42 New Egg

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    Oh Well, as there seem to be no answers I guess it will be a trip to the vets![​IMG]
     
  6. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    I believe the green poos are an indicator she isn't eating much.
    As far as the regurgitating saliva goes, with mine-it LOOKED like they threw up, but it was just that they drank too much at once.
    Could she have worms?
     
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  7. Roblex42

    Roblex42 New Egg

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    hey thanks for the reply. I'm seeing the vet tomorrow. She is eating as much as the other chickens so maybe it is worms. we do have a worming routine however.
     

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