diarrhea in 8 yr old hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by citychickenfarm, May 19, 2011.

  1. citychickenfarm

    citychickenfarm Out Of The Brooder

    21
    0
    22
    May 19, 2011
    I am extremely new to chickens and with the power of the internet and friends am quickly learning. My situation is this, I have raised a young flock from two days old and have grown quite attached. We just recently got 6 laying hens from a neighbors flock who are all 8 years old. We were assured they were all healthy because I would not have taken them if they weren't. Out of the 6 new ones (I am still trying to properly identify them all) the two in which I think are RIRs are not laying. Tomorrow will be a week that we have had them. One of them has what appears to be a very dirty rear/ vent and getting worse. I have watched all the birds at lengths of time and no one seems to have an issue with lethargy, depression, lack of appetite or bloody stools. My next step is to quarantine the one who's having the diarrhea and clean the coop. Does anyone have any thoughts as to what this could be? Should I quarantine both the girls who are not laying for fear it could be contagious? Could it be old age? Please help out a new chicken mommy.
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    28,907
    114
    408
    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    [​IMG]

    I'm afraid it's a little like closing the barn door after the horse gets out, if they've already been exposed to your girls. Thirty days is the minimum recommended quarantine time, reqardless of how clean their former surroundings appeared to be.

    I would recommend a worming right off the bat for the dirty bottom. I'm know just the person to guide you on that. I'll ask them to take a look see at your thread.

    Good luck [​IMG]
     
  3. KristyAz

    KristyAz Chillin' With My Peeps

    871
    13
    148
    Jan 29, 2011
    Mishawaka, Indiana
    Do 8 year old hens still lay eggs? Maybe you meant 8 months old?
     
  4. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

    6,053
    99
    286
    Mar 5, 2009
    Hornbeak, Tennessee
    Maybe stress from the move? IDK really. Maybe try worming them. Eight years old is old for a chicken from what I understand and I don't think old chickens lay eggs anymore. Hopefully somebody with more knowlege on your situation will stumble upon your thread and help out.
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    28,907
    114
    408
    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Yep, they can. Not as often, but they can. I know someone has some 10 year old hens still popping out an occasional egg. [​IMG]
     
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    23,342
    1,217
    448
    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I recommend that you ask your neighbor if they have been wormed or treated for anything else for that matter, that information would be very helpful. If they havnt been wormed, I recommend that you do so. Valbazen is the best wormer, it kills all known worms that chickens can get. It's a liquid cattle/sheep wormer and it is administered orally to each chicken. Dosage is 1/2cc for standard size chickens and 1/4cc for smaller chickens. Ten days later, redose them again. There is a 24 day grand total withdrawal period. If your feedstore doesnt carry it, you can order it from Jefferslivestock.com or call them.
     
  7. citychickenfarm

    citychickenfarm Out Of The Brooder

    21
    0
    22
    May 19, 2011
    Thank you to everyone who's helped with my post. I did just check her stool this am and as far as I can see there isn't any worms but that does not mean that its not an internal parasite. Her stools are also not very watery and seem to be pretty firm. She came to us with the dirty rump and I just attributed it to being in the small cage with the others and getting dirty. Could this still be the case as she is cleaning herself just not her hind quarters? The previous owner raised them all from eggs so they are all the same age and we are still being blessed with 2-3 eggs a day from the other 4 that are laying. I added some oyster shell to the food as well as have been letting them out to forage the last two days. I know it might be better to be safe than sorry but I am afraid to upset the whole flock worming them when they might not need it. I'm going to catch her in a bit and attempt to clean her up.
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2011
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    28,907
    114
    408
    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Do you have a vet for your other animals? If you can gather up a collection of droppings, most vets will do a fecal float to check for worms for under $10. If you don't want to worm if it's not necessary (although like Dawg, I highly recommend the valbazen), that may be your safest bet.
     
  9. citychickenfarm

    citychickenfarm Out Of The Brooder

    21
    0
    22
    May 19, 2011
    We are thinking its mites. Swollen vent and when I cleaned her I saw tiny bugs.
     
  10. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    23,342
    1,217
    448
    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by