OK, I have 2 house chickens - a little mutt bantam roo (5 years) & a silkie hen (turned 1 year in July), & they are my babies so I really need help! The girl started having lots of loose poop the day before yesterday with clumps of what looks like bloody mucus in it. She's usually a hearty eater (I call her my lil' piggy), but she's eating less than usual (though still eating a good amount, lol) but just not as enthusiastically. She's perky mostly, and playful, but sometimes her tail is down I've noticed, & she has had some issues with head shaking, almost like there's something caught in her nares? I've looked but can't spot anything, though. Wierd thing, she just doesn't smell right. Don't know how to explain it, it's a sick smell - I can always tell if my family members are sick by their smells too if that makes any sense : P Anyway, After lots of researching and forum combing, I thought maybe it's a mild case of cocci? I went to the local feed store to get corid but they were out. The guy sent me home with a packet of Aureomycin (Chlortetracycline) soluble powder, assuring me he'd used it before to clear up cocci in one of his flocks on the advice of his friend who was a vet tech. Well, looking it up, apparently this won't help the cocci??? I'm so confused! I got her some yogurt & am gonna feed it to her to at least hopefully soothe her tummy a bit? But should I start this med or keep trying to track down something else? I'm not sure of other feed stores in the area, I went to a place there used to be another but apparently it's closed now : ( Help, urgent advice needed - I don't want my babies to decline or anything..