Green frothy looking poo

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickzrule, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. chickzrule

    chickzrule In the Brooder

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    We got 6 new chickens a week ago and i have noticed that some of their poo is a frothy green color. They seem to be eating and drinking and laying eggs so i'm not sure what this means? We have 6 original ladies and their poo looks normal and that is how i noticed a difference with the new ones. I also give them apple cider vinegar and they get scratch once a day to peck at. Their main food is an 18% protein crumble mix. Is this normal for a few of the new ones poo to be frothy green? thxs Lisa
     
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  2. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I'll bump this up.
     
  3. Kittymomma

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  4. chickzrule

    chickzrule In the Brooder

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    Thanks for posting the pictures. It is hard to tell, but i think the poop could be normal or maybe worms. I have put out a dish with apple cider vinegar/water mix for the last two days. I have read that this will kill worms. Is the ACV good enough for killing worms or do i need something else? Should i only give them ACV for a week or can they have it all the time? thxs Lisa
     
  5. MotherJean

    MotherJean Songster

    It's a bit of a myth that ACV will kill worms. It is actually quite good as a preventative, but once your birds have worms they must be treated with the appropriate worm medicines. ACV will not get rid of a worm infestation.
     
  6. chickzrule

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    Is there a way to treat worms naturally if they have them? I'm not sure they do but if so, what should i do?
     
  7. Kittymomma

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    Not really. You can use things like DE and ACV as preventitive, but once they have a good size worm load you need to treat it. The other option is to breed selectively for worm tolerence, but that will take time and you will have to cull for the desired traits.
     
  8. crazy huhn

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    Quote:How do you breed for worm tolerance? I have never heard of something like that. Do you have any referrals to scientific studies or articles on this?
    Thank You.
     
  9. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

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    The best thing to do in the meantime before the worms suck the life out of your chickens is to worm them with wazine/piperazine.
     
  10. chickzrule

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    Do i have to get the worm products from the vet or the feed store? I have only been in the chicken world for 8mnths now and have 12 chickens. I have had 6 from Nov till now and just got 6 a week ago. Are you supposed to worm them every year say in spring/ fall. I didn't even know i had to worm them at all. Glad i have you experts to help me and the girlz!!! Could someone please tell me what i do with the worm products? Put in their water or feed? thxs Lisa
     

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