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Diarrhea plus yellowish liquid, isolating

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KaylaW, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. KaylaW

    KaylaW Hatching

    Oct 18, 2015
    This is Saturday. Last Monday when I went to "put the chickens to bed" my hen Sasha, about 3.5 years old, was standing on top of the nest box instead of with the other birds on the perch. There was fresh-looking dark squashy stool (semi-diarrhea) under her like she'd just pooped. I shooed her to the perch and she slept with the other birds. Tuesday night, she was on the nest box again. Wednesday all the chickens got out of their pen for a couple hours in the morning and they pecked up a lot of wild carrot seedlings (half inch tall, half inch leaves) which have just sprouted. I expected diarrhea for a day or two from that...and maybe some crop trouble if anybody had gone to the edge of the woods and eaten old long grass. Sasha slept on the nest box again that night.

    Thursday morning I decided to put Sasha in my "hospital cage" because of the isolating, which I take as a serious sign of something wrong. Her crop didn't appear to be swollen. I tried to manually check her crop, but I'm new at this and not skilled. She was quite uncooperative, too. In any case, I couldn't feel a thing except breastbone and feathers down there where I thought the crop should be. I gave her a tablespoon of hard-boiled egg with a little extra raw egg yolk, plus the contents of 2 Dulcolax gelcaps and a capsule's worth of digestive enzymes (a kind with extra fiber-digesting power), that morning. Plus water. She had nothing else all day except a little more hard-boiled egg in the evening. Yesterday I left her in the hospital cage and fed her a mashed hard-boiled egg with digestive enzymes in the morning and one without enzymes in the evening.

    I put plastic under the pen so I could observe her poops. First one or two medium-dark squashy ones. After that her poop while in the cage was scant. Small amounts of very dark squashy poop plus small amounts of thick-ish looking yellowy liquid. Occasional drips from her bottom. Her behavior was normal. No sign of any swelling in her crop.

    This morning I decided to let her out of the "hospital" and see how she does. She eagerly got out and joined her pals, eating eagerly but not voraciously.

    Any ideas about what could be going on with Sasha's poop and her isolating, and what to do about it? I confess, I've never wormed these hens. Maybe that's the problem? A little more background info -- She's not laying right now, hasn't for weeks. She went through a severe molt this fall, ended up with some big patches of bare skin but her feathers are growing back well. Everything about her seems normal except the isolating at night and the funky poops.

  2. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Howdy KaylaW and Welcome to BYC

    I am not an expert when it comes to what ails chicken, but hopefully my replying to your post may catch the attention of someone more experienced.

    I would definitely consider worming your flock.

    Also, these links to poop charts may be of assistance:



    If you can post pictures of Sasha’s poop, this may also help others with a diagnosis.
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I tend to not pay much attention to droppings, but more to if the chickens are alert and active, and appear to be eating. Droppings can be runny with cecal droppings, and look like caramel or chocolate syrup at times. Droppings can also be watery if chickens drink a lot of water. Be careful using Dulcolax because that brand is on both strong laxatives and a stool softener doccusate sodium. The stool softener is sometimes used by people to treat an impacted crop, but the laxative should not be used.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2015

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