green/white diarrhea in layer hen aged 2 1/2

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by poulette, May 16, 2011.

  1. poulette

    poulette Out Of The Brooder

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    Help! My 2 1/2 year old Rhode ISland Red hen has runny poop and acts sedated and has a droopy comb. I will isolate her and clean her up, and I've given her electrolites in her drinking water. Should I avoid using a galvanized metal waterer for my flock? I've had it for over 2 years now, and I scrub it out religiously. They eat fresh papaya and banana every day, plus layer crumbles and scratch and oystershell is available. I have only 6 reds left of the same age, also I have recently introduced a second one year old flock (9) to this one, including a Buff Orpington rooster (who seems to leave her alone). I wear different shoes to feed store because I save my boots for going into the free range area of their coop. Let me know what I should be doing for her, i can bring her into the garage and keep her isolated there, or keep her in a cage close to the other hens, but with a fence between them, in case it's contagious. Thanks.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Edited to add: I would also dust for mites/lice as they can also cause a pale comb (being sucked dry by worms or bugs, IMO).
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    I'd send a poo sample to a vet for a fecal to check for worms. Or you can worm them, but you must toss eggs for a specified period of time.

    I love the metal waterers, myself.

    http://www.new-self-sufficient-living.com/worms-in-chickens.html
    someone's blog about worming

    http://msucares.com/poultry/diseases/disparas.htm
    internal parasites

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=2525157#p2525157
    to worm or not

    http://chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=17568.0
    the poo page- worms will often cause strange poo but you don't always see worms in poo when they have them
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2011
  3. Winggedheart

    Winggedheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just lost three birds to worms, with those symptoms. I worm mine with DE, bug quality. It normally takes quite a bit, and I also add vitamins to their water to help keep their strength up.
     
  4. Winggedheart

    Winggedheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You'd better isolate her, too. I hope she gets better!!!!
     
  5. Winggedheart

    Winggedheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And when we worm them with DE, we can still eat the eggs.
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Also I wanted to mention that Dawg53 has experience with worming, so if you need help he might respond to a PM, I don't know.
     
  7. poulette

    poulette Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for your suggestions and concern. I have dusted my hens with sevarin and another time with DE, when mites showed up, but I haven't seen any lately. I did just lose a hen (RIR) last week who was laying tiny eggs before she died (prolapse?) but this is the first case of diarrhea that has shown up. I live on the Big Island of Hawaii (no chicken vets around that I've heard of) and we have warm and wet weather on the East side. Aloha, "Poulette"
     
  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I hope she gets better!
     

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