Help..chicken is sick!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by momof9, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. momof9

    momof9 Hatching

    Dec 5, 2007
    I'm new at this forum and also with having chickens. We acquired 8 Silver Laced Wyandots and a rooster 2 weeks ago. Things have been going really good. I have read this website and the mag and have used an organic wormer and DE in the coop. All of a sudden one of the hens has VERY loose stool and I can't find out what to do anywhere! She seems fine otherwise....eating, water, scratching in the run, etc. Somebody please help!
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Is the stool bloody? Green? Clear?
    What are you feeding them?
    Is it consistantly runny, or once in a while?

    And welcome to BYC too! [​IMG]
  3. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Songster

    Oct 22, 2007
    New Market,Tn.
    Any change in her diet? Switching from one feed to another sometimes will cause this. If she is otherwise okay, I would not worry too much. Just watch her and don't change her diet for now. My guess is that she'll be o.k....................You said you were new here and to chickens so, I want to say," welcome".
    Tip about feeding: never change a birds diet all at it a little at a time.....example::::go from the feed you are using to 3/4 this feed and 1/4 new feed....then about a week later, 1/2 original feed and 1/2 new feed and so on....
  4. jenichick

    jenichick Songster

    Jun 1, 2007
    If she's acting fine I would just keep an eye on her. Mine have have loose stools from time to time, becaue they exrete urine and waste in one dropping they do not "urinate" separately. If it's not blooddy and she seems otherwise healthy I wouldn't worry too much yet.
  5. momof9

    momof9 Hatching

    Dec 5, 2007
    Thanks for the welcome! The stool isn't green, but it seems a lot lighter than normal. I'm feeding them Purina Layena and giving them scratch a couple of times a day. I don't know what they were fed before as I wasn't given any food or told what they ate other than table scraps. I noticed it on Monday and none yesterday, but it's back today.
  6. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    make sure any table scraps are completely free of salt (canned vegetables for instance will have too much salt)...

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