Found Bloody Droppings

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by IloveTravis, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. IloveTravis

    IloveTravis Songster

    Jul 27, 2008
    I know people ask this a lot, but I'm asking anyway.
    There was a crisis today, and the chickens we left out and about without any supervision.
    I decided that that wasn't a good idea, so I shook a cup of food and got them all put away in the coop. That's when I found the blood- and there was a lot of it, right under a perch, and som scattered around the coop. At first I thought one was injured, but then I found a bloody stool on the porch.
    Yesterday there was no blood. Now it's everywhere.
    I'm wondering what this is. Is it contagious? What should I do to get rid of it?
    I don't as of yet know which chicken this is coming from. Thier butts are all clean. I already tried separating them, half and half. But then I realized it's no use, they've been together for too long.
    Help would be greatly appreciated [​IMG]

    Also, I'd like to say they have been well cared for. Their coop is clean, they have tons of room to free range. This doesn't seem like the kind of environment for breeding disease [​IMG]
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    Do you have a vet in the area that will do a fecal float? Call around and see if there is someone that will let you bring in a sample. It sounds like it could be cocci.
    Another thing, if you find a vet to do a float, see if they will give you meds without seeing the entire flock. Sometimes they will want to see one bird, but others will rip you off by saying they have to see EVERY bird.
    Are any of your birds losing weight? Do you have a food scale or some other way to keep track of their weight? That is one of the first indications of a parasite, and I bet you have cocci or some other worm/parasite/etc on your hands. That, you can't help. Wild birds carry it and no matter how clean you coop is, they can still pick it up.
  3. IloveTravis

    IloveTravis Songster

    Jul 27, 2008
    Quote:Thanks for the advice [​IMG] None of the birds are visibly losing weight, but I'll try weighing them. I don't know if our local vet treats birds, either, but I'll contact him as soon as I can. I'm very worried about them.

    Thanks, again, for the concern.
  4. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    sometimes you don't have to take a hen into the vet..just a fresh fecal sample.

    most any vet can do a fecal test for worms and cocci.
  5. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    That's why I said to call around first. I've been told three different things from several vets: 1. Bring the whole flock in, 2. Bring the sickest bird in, and 3. Bring in a sample and I'll treat the entire flock without seeing anyone.
    Obviously you'd want to try and avoid taking a bird in.
  6. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    Travis, how are your birds doing today? I'm hoping they are fine?
  7. ml

    ml Songster

    Mar 4, 2007

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