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chronic diahhrea

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by micheleomal, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. micheleomal

    micheleomal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2014
    Eastern Idaho
    I have a not quite 2 yr old Marans who has had chronic diahhrea since I got her last spring. Other than that, she seemed normal but she only layed about a dozen eggs and then stopped completely.I have wormed her twice and recently treated her with Corrid for 3 days and then another 5 days. This seems to help a little but not much. Over the course of the last year she has wasted away to nothing. I know this sounds terrible to let her get like this but she is not a chicken who likes to be held and her outward appearance looked fine except for the wet butt feathers. It was only when she couldn't jump up to her roost that I picked her up and couldn't believe how skinny she was. Since her last treatment of Corrid her appetite has improved greatly and I think she is gaining weight. I have 14 chickens and she is the only one who has this condition. Does anyone have any ideas what this might be and can you give a chicken Kaopectate and in what dosage. Since she seems to be holding her own and even doing better I would like to give her the best chance I can. I don't have the money for a vet and she doesn't seem to be in any discomfort at all. The only reason I started Corrid is because I read that there is one variety of Cocci that can cause wasting but is not considered extremely pathogenic. Her diahhrea never had blood, just was always watery with undigested grains and cracked corn. Sorry to be so long winded. Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    You might try some simple probiotics on her. If her intestines are damaged somehow from worms or other past issues and ulceration's of the intestines, maybe she could use a boost of good bacteria and oxygen. You can put these in the water for all your chickens as it will do everyone good. Change the water out and make a new batch daily. Use this for a full week and if it seems helps, continue using it daily.

    If this doesn't work she might have some sort of intestinal infection (which maybe the probiotics will treat as well) and you might try some antibiotics on her. Duramycin will take care of E coli and Enteritis that both cause diarrhea.

    I had a hen that had chronic diarrhea as well for years and it turned out to be a feed issue. None of the other birds had any diarrhea. I tried several different feeds until I found one she could digest.
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    It sounds like Avian Tuberculosis. Does she seem to be ill besides the diarrhea?
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2015
  4. micheleomal

    micheleomal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2014
    Eastern Idaho
    She has never been a real hearty bird but she never seemed sick except for the persistent diahhrea. Then one day I saw her try to jump up 2 ft to her roost and she couldn't. When I picked her up she was skin and bones. Her breast bone had no meat around it. I will look up symptoms of avian tuberculosis. Never heard of it. I will start to put probiotics in her food too as Two crows suggested. I have human probiotic pills that I can grind into a powder at sprinkle of her food. Thanks for the suggestions.
  5. Bukbuk Betty

    Bukbuk Betty Out Of The Brooder

    This is an old thread, and maybe I'm missing the other "diahhrea" related threads but, anyway.... How did your bird do after your last post? I seem to have a bird in similar state, and lately getting kind of wobbly or clumsy and not jumping up to roost and looking kinda droopy. She's had diahhrea the last little while- mostly just runny and undigested grain, no funny cokors or blood. Her comb has shrunk to less than half it's former size (over the past year and a half) and isn't nice red like her buddy of the same breed. I've put vitamins/electrolytes in their water since yesterday. And have reigned in their acres of free ranging for now in case they're getting into something. Couple other hens have also got runnyish poop bit otherwise seem fine. It's been warm lately so I thought maybe they've just been drinking more. Not sure what to do for the sick hen, they were wormed with piperazine not long ago. Going to try some plain yogurt. Anybody have a thought on this? :(

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