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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by JennieNoelle, Nov 3, 2018.

  1. Without sounding like a broken record I suspect Marek's Disease.
    After seeing the photo I am almost sure. Marek's is a form of cancer that is triggered by the herpes virus. Every organ or any organ on or in a chickens' body can be involved. Some common examples are a chickens eyes, their nerves, or their skin. Each type of cancer may well present itself in a different fashion so it is very hard to be sure of a diagnosis of Marek's Disease.
     
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  2. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    There's something going on with your hen that is very serious. In order to have a proper diagnosis, it will require lab tests. But judging from her behavior and smelly poop, I'd say she probably has a raging bacterial infection. That's a very broad stab in the dark, but often that's all we can do without the services of a vet and access to a lab, and of course all that can be beyond the means of some of us.

    What I do in this sort of situation is to toss a strong antibiotic at her. Without a vet to write a prescription, you probably won't be able to access the strongest meds, but I have found that amoxicillin gets the job done most of the time.

    If you live where there's an aquarium store where you can buy fish supplies, you can pick up some amoxicillin called Fish Mox. It works just splendidly on chickens. Or you can order some here. https://pet-healthcare.revivalanimal.com/search?p=Q&ts=custom&w=fish antibiotics I order the 250 mg capsules and give one per day for 10 days. If you have time, it's best to split the daily dose in two and give two doses per day. I'm usually too distracted by other stuff and end up just giving my patients the single dose, and they recover just fine.

    The bacterial infection could be in the reproductive track, as @Wyorp Rock has pointed out, or it could be in the intestines. I lean toward the second. But either way, amoxicillin should get her going in the right direction, even if you never figure out what's wrong with her. If she gets well, I figure guessing the right way equals a professional diagnosis.
     
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  3. Wyorp Rock

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    I agree, it's a stab in the dark. The OP is already giving Tylan50 2X a day - not sure if a proper dosage is being given or not. Didn't ask:oops: IF given the proper dosage, Tylan50 can treat intestinal infections like Enteritis. A broader spectrum antibiotic like Amoxicillin may be beneficial since intestinal infections can be from a number of things.

    It could very well be intestinal as you suggest @azygous and looking at the photo I also agree with @chickengeorgeto that it could be Marek's.
     
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  4. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    I fear this hen is close to death. When I have a chicken like this that is declining rapidly, I will change to a stronger antibiotic on the slim chance it might make a difference. I confess that when a chicken gets to the stage of the one in this thread, it's usually too late for anything to work.

    It's worth a shot.
     
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  5. Wyorp Rock

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    I agree.
     
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  6. JennieNoelle

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  7. JennieNoelle

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    No on vet. Would rather not have a $200bill on a $10 chicken.
    I'll get the poo photo.
    No idea if it's her laying or the other three. Only two eggs per day.
    Separated, I still get two eggs per day.
    I massage between her legs..I feel a soft mass....she stiffens up and poops. Super smelly.
    We checked her vent. Clean and pink with some small pieces poo hanging on feather.
    Felt inside..I felt icky slosh and what felt like some guts...nothing hard or semi hard . But, I've never done that before. Lol
    The poo photo is very liquid yet still holds it's separate colors. IMG_20181108_110634667.jpg
     
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  9. JennieNoelle

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    I'll go to the pet store and try amoxicillin...will she be coop worthy then or remain separate forever?
    Treat all?
     
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