Not Gaining Weight

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by anlennon, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. anlennon

    anlennon New Egg

    Feb 12, 2016
    I have a 4 month old EE. She is not gaining weight. She was treated for Cocci at 3 months old. Then, most recently for worms with Wazine. (Which made her pass several round worms.)

    Although she is very alert, active, eats well, drinks well, she is still not gaining any weight. She does has mushy poops...the consistency of thick pea soup. I've done ACV, yogurt, vitamins and probiotics.

    I don't have any Vets nearby that see chickens. If she has a bacterial infection, where would I get meds?
    Thank you!
  2. mirandaleecon

    mirandaleecon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2014
    Panama City, FL
    When you say the consistency of pea soup, it's not that color right? Are there distinct brown(primarily) and white parts? A picture would help.

    Do you have any of her siblings to compare her to? Easter Eggers can potentially have a whole bunch of genetics mixed in and there are a few bantam varieties that lay blue eggs. Also, my EEs seem to grow slower than the other types of chickens I have but they end up pretty similar in size when they are done growing.

    I would suggest, for some piece of mind, to take a sample of her droppings to the vet for a fecal test. This will tell you if there are any worms or cocci present. Any vet, even one that does not treat chickens, is capable of doing a fecal for them. You might have to call around since some vets won't do them unless the animal is a patient but you should be able to find one. They might be more willing to if you already take your dog or cat to them and they know you.

    A note about the results of the fecal test; there are always cocci present in every animal. If they have a good immune system, they will be able to keep the cocci in check. Vets will often tell you the animal has coccidiosis when they only find one or two cocci in the sample. So, if they tell you it's there, make sure you ask how many were present, do some internet research and decide for yourself if it's worth treating at that level of infection.

    Hope this helps!
  3. anlennon

    anlennon New Egg

    Feb 12, 2016
    The poop is greenish brown with some water and some white mixed in.

    She is the same age as another 2 chickens I purchased at the same time: One Buff and another EE.

    She is significantly smaller than the others. They are all on Growers feed and they get supplemental treats like yogurt, natural seeds, bread and veggies.

    I treated for Cocci and worms already. Should I do another treatment?

    I'll try a fecal test. Not cheap in my area $60-78..unless that's the norm?

    Although she is very perky and alert, and doesn't come off as sickly, the other girls have suddenly taken to pecking her butt and eating her feathers! Any tips on preventing this too?

    Thank you so much!

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