constipated chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by newham0614, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. newham0614

    newham0614 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2010
    I have no idea what to do or how it happened. I watched her today and she pooped but nothing came out. So i took her in the house and bathed her. I also tried gently to get some of it out. Is there anything i can give her so she gets diarreha? Please help> I don't want my chicken to die. It's been nasty looking for a while. They had antibiotics for a little while. Could that have done it? Thanks
  2. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 31, 2008
    how old is she?

    how long since she has pooed?

    what are you feeding?

    is she eating?

    have you checked her crop?.. if so is it full or empty?

    for starters... do not give any form of human laxative to her... it may be to overwhelming for her and do more harm then good
  3. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Sullivan, IL
    I'm sorry to say, but I suspect you have a much bigger problem than constipation. In 8 years of working with a board certified avian vet, I have never once seen a constipated bird. Every bird that has come in "constipated" according to the owner has been egg bound. I certainly wouldn't recommend giving any sort of laxative. Offering lots of fruits could help get things moving naturally and will help keep her hydrated since they have a high water content. And the warm bath isn't a bad idea either. As for the antibiotics, they can cause diarrhea but I have never heard of an antibiotic causing constipation.
  4. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    In over 20 years of poultry keeping I had never run into a constipated chick..... until this year. That's the only way to describe what was going on. The chick would squat and cheep loudly, but nothing. I eventually gave it a little olive oil, at both north and south ends, and it, uh, got things moving so to speak.

  5. newham0614

    newham0614 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2010
    Thank you for the info. If eggbound , what do i do? I bathed her but the bottom of her feels squishy. She can't poop.

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