1. Josey Wales

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    She was fine SUN afternoon and even laid. Yesterday afternoon yellow runny poop and lethargic. This morning dead. Other 5 hens showing no signs. Had always had issues with runny stool and dirty vent with the hen that died but she always laid good and seemed fine. I know some of you will probably throw out Blackhead but I don't know. I'm hoping it was just something internal with her. Besides I've read that blackhead is carried by chickens but chickens don't get it, turkeys do. Anyway, y'all think I should Medicate the others with something? If so, what? Only thing I have ever used is D-earth. All the the hens are roughly a year old.
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2017
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. without a necropsy, you cannot know for sure what killed her. But since she had runny droppings for awhile, she could have had coccidiosis, enteritis, or other intestinal problems. I would not recommend medicating with antibiotics without knowing what was wrong. If you see any runny droppings or anyone else sick, you could take in a few fresh droppings to a vet for a fecal test to look for worms and coccidiosis. Corid (amprollium) is a good non-antibiotic for treating cocci. If I lost another, I would refrigerate the body, and contact your state vet or poultry lab for a necropsy. Sorry for your loss.
     
  3. Josey Wales

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    Thanks for responding. So far so good on the others. The more I thought about it the more I really think she just had something going on from birth. I would give her electrolytes or yogurt and it would seem to get a little better but her vent was always a little dirty. She never acted like anything was wrong and was a consistent layer. I'll keep an eye on the others with my fingers crossed. Btw.....u did bleach the roosting area lightly and the droppings pan just for the heck of it.
     

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