New chicks, bloody stool, still active

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by brandoncakes, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. brandoncakes

    brandoncakes Songster

    Aug 25, 2010
    Kailua, HI
    Just got 2 chicks last night(white cochin bantams) around 4-5 weeks old from our pet store. My partner noticed that there were blood spots in the feces in their carrying box. This morning when we awoke, we found this rather large piece. THe blood isn't bright red, but it's still noticeable.


    Any idea what it could be? I haven't done my research yet.

    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.)
    White cochin bantam, not exactly sure on age, but I'm guessing 4-5 weeks

    2) What is the behavior, exactly.

    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
    Just got them last night

    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?

    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.

    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
    my mom picked them up from the pet store, I could call the store to see if they noticed any bloody stools. Could it be a internal injury caused by transport?

    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all.
    today was the first day it ate. I have medicated chick feed mixed with finch food(it's what I have onhand for my button quails, today I will picking up chicken crumbles)

    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
    Both last night and today it's been pretty solid. Last night it looked a lot more bloody, but today it's thickened

    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?

    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
    whatever it takes

    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.

    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use
    They came from a pet store that housed in a display case filled with pine shavings. Now they're on a wire floored cage with newspaper laying on it, so it doesn't hurt their feet.

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2012
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I agree with Flockwatcher. Looks like a shed intestinal lining (normal) to me. Be on the lookout for liquid blood, which would need treatment (not normal).

    Since they are in the prime age group for coccidiosis, be watching for lethargy, feathers fluffed up, not eating or drinking, acting cold, and true blood in the poos (although this may or may not occur with coccidiosis).

    Ok I just reread the said it was a lot more bloody. That concerns me...I'd definitely treat for coccidiosis if there were really bloody poos!
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2012
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I edited my above post.
  5. brandoncakes

    brandoncakes Songster

    Aug 25, 2010
    Kailua, HI
    Thanks everyone!

    The chart helped a lot, and it looks as though everything is ok. All stools have been normal since early this morning. If any signs of bloody stool come up, I will be sure to treat for coccidiosis.

  6. Sharisr32

    Sharisr32 Egg Killer ;)

    Jan 14, 2007
    OH/PA Boarder
    Medicated feed will fix this if you are in an area that you cannot find it at a feed store Tractor Supply agway etc... you can order on line - Shipping stress can bring this on and several other things . McMurray Hatchery or Ideal it is expensive w/shipping so hopefully you can find it local -
  7. PtldChick

    PtldChick Songster

    Jun 15, 2011
    Portland, OR

    Medicated feed will NOT cure helps chicks survive better by giving them a bit of immunity, but if they get cocci, you need to treat with Corid or Sulmet or else they will eventually die.
  8. I have had AWESOME luck with Albon from my vet for Cocci. cheap as well. (no pun intended!!!! lol) Cost me about $4.00 to get for my girl and it was just an orange flavored med i gave to her twice a day for a week. cured it really quick.
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  9. Verow75

    Verow75 Hatching

    Apr 20, 2013
    YAY! Thank you for your post. One of our chickens is making bloody poops, but none are lethargic nor lost their appetite. [​IMG]

    Thank you again!

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