HELP!! Worst stinky poo ever!! UPDATE- she's dead.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Beau coop, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. Beau coop

    Beau coop Songster

    May 19, 2008
    I have a 6 month old bantam who has been molting, lethargic for about 2 weeks. She was just standing in the run with her head tucked under. Other birds pecking her ( she used to be number 2 hen). She is extremely light now and losing her balance.
    Brought her in last night-Gosh her poop stinks!! First it was runny clear and VERY smelly- now it is just mustard yellow watery. Started her on Solumet last night. She is just listless and pushes her food around. HELP! What is this worms? Cocci? ???
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2008
  2. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Hi. PM'd you with some general thoughts about hydration, warm quiet place to rest etc. . Hopefully someone who has encountered the same poop situation (yellow, smelly) can weigh in soon!!!! Sending hopes that a remedy for your girl can be found quickly, as I think it will be necessary from the sounds of things... [​IMG] [​IMG]:fl
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Yellow usually means worms...have you wormed your birds?
  4. junebug7334

    junebug7334 Songster

    Sep 24, 2008
    I have one that is having the same problem.........isolate of course.....what else?
  5. whitebutcher

    whitebutcher Hatching

    Oct 19, 2008
    back in the hills
    I agree with spottedcrow.Sounds like worms....You can try to worm her but at this stage it will be risky..Id use pills instead of liquid.
  6. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    The easiest wormer to apply might be something like Ivomec Eprinex where a very small amount (1/4 cc) is applied to the skin on the back of the neck. Tractor Supply stores often carry it. There's enough in the bottle to treat a gazillion chickens...It treats most worms (tho not tapeworm) and many other parasites.
  7. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Symptom Possible Cause
    Profuse... Enteritis; excess roughage in diet
    Bloody... Cecal coccidiosis; Newcastle disease
    Green... Feed intake low; bile not diluted
    Sulfur yellow... Blackhead
    Light yellow or yellowish-green... Fowl typhoid; fowl cholera
    Foamy... Intestinal parasites (protozoa)
  8. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    Can you get a fecal checked for parasites? Hard evidence is better than guess work based on color, texture and smell- though sometimes those descriptors can give a good picture of the problem.

    Smelly just means there are probably excess bacteria in there of the wrong type.

    If she is light and unsteady, she sounds very ill- birds hide their illnesses very well, and when they LOOK sick, they are very sick.

    If you are fond of this particular bird- push the nutrition and fluids, protect her/separate her, keep her warm, consider guessing and deworm her- or seek vet care for her and bring along a good fecal sample.

    If you are not particularly fond of this bird, I would cull- as having this severe crisis so young- she will probably not be a good egg producer or good breeding stock.

    Providing more info would be helpful- what do they eat, how long have you had her, where from, describe set-up, are you sure the others ok? Check out what their poops look like as well. Has she ever laid?
  9. therealsilkiechick

    therealsilkiechick ShowGirl Queen

    Jul 18, 2007
    Northwestern, pa
    i agree could be worms and for smell put apple cider vinager in the water it helps cut down on smell. usually a fowl smell if it smells like yeast kinda is a sign of a bacteria infection but there is a couple disease that have that with it too.
  10. Beau coop

    Beau coop Songster

    May 19, 2008
    She made it through another night. Before this illness, she was eating layer pellets and free ranging on grass. Got a fresh bag of feed from TSC at onset of illness. No chemicals/pesticides on grass. Rest of flock seems fine.

    She was laying, up until she started molting (at least that's what I thought it was).

    Will up load pic of her when I get home from work today, if she is still with us.

    Cleaned coop and run yesterday- all looks well in there and other 4 are acting normally.

    She seemed to have better day yesterday, perked up a bit, put her outside in cage in sun. I trimmed her beak- it seemed long on top and she kept trying to pick up pellets/corn and dropping them. Not sure if I trimmed it enough though. (They do have access to concrete and I see the other birds rubbing beaks on it) She ate a grasshopper. She is eating yogurt with crumbles mixed in. She will not eat scrambled egg. Loves flies- been trying to catch some for her.

    Looked her over from head to feet- can't find mites or lice. Comb is pink, ashy, flopped over. I know this doesn't look good.[​IMG]

    Her poo has reverted back to clear watery stuff with a bit of solid mixed in. Less odor this morning- but not much pooping going on.

    I don't know if it is my wishful thinking or not, but she seemed slightly heavier this am- still very wobbily.

    Should I cut out the solumet and get wormer going?

    I am a total wuss- can't cull her.

    I fear when I get home it will be to late- but alas they frown on bringing chickens to work.

    Thanks to all for your concern and help.


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