chronic watery diarrhea, otherwise fine (update: will sadly cull)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by patandchickens, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    What with one thing and another I only managed to hatch half a dozen sussex eggs this year, and two of the three resulting cockerels ended up in the stewpot for poor type. The remaining one, Paulie, is really what I'm looking for in body style (deep, wide, good size), BUT has had really watery diarrhea for months now.

    He is (edited for brain-fart correction) 2.5 months old now, and I couldn't tell you exactly when this started but it was months ago and was not associated with any other obvious ill health. He still looks FINE, very active, growing well, bright comb, no mites, crowing a little bit, etc. (edited to add: comb may be a bit small/pale for age?) Except, he spends an awful lot of time drinking water and then essentially pooing it right back out. Poo color is same as other chickens', just accompanied by lots and lots of water.

    I have not tried worming him yet. But otherwise, I am not sure what to make of this. It could be an intestinal infection, although his sister and broody-mom (who he was penned with til I isolated him a couple weeks ago) have completely normal poo.

    Adding ACV to water made no obvious difference; switching to a lower-protein feed *may* firm his stools up *some* but still not very close to normal.

    My dilemma is that based on body type I would like to keep him to breed from next year, but if he has a bacterial infection or any sort of constitutive problem, then I do *not* want his germs or genes passed on. And unfortunately I do not have the luxury of similar-but-wholly-healthy other cockerels to choose from.

    Any suggestions what it could be or what to try, other than I *will* worm him sometime in the next week (when I paste the horses with ivermectin)?

    And, any opinions on whether you'd keep or cull him, and if cull, would you be comfortable eating a bird with an unknown intestinal problem?

    Thanks for any suggestions or info,

    Last edited: Oct 22, 2009
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
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  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Yup, I've seen diana's poo page, but there are just so many possibilities and no way for me to sort it out [​IMG]

    I've thought hard about it, and have come to the conclusion that it is either something infectious that is unlikely to be fully curable, in which case I should cull; or an inborn 'problem' in which case I don't want to breed from him.

    Given his obsessive drinking (tho I really have no idea whether it is cause or result of the profuse watery poo) and the fact that if he's not completely healthy I'm not putting him in with the other chickens, he does not seem to have much quality of life to look forward to.

    So, sadly, I have decided to euthanize him tomorrow, and dig him a hole at the top of the hill next to where my original 3 ISA Browns are at rest. (edited this morning to add: all done. Poor guy.)

    Last edited: Oct 23, 2009
  4. kayri

    kayri Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2007
    I'm sorry, that must be hard for you.


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