1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

Peahen stopped making dark "stinky" stools

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PeaBrain, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. PeaBrain

    PeaBrain In the Brooder

    Aug 8, 2015
    My peahen is almost 9 months old, and I've had her since she was 6 weeks. I think she is what is called a Spaulding. She has not been making the dark, stinky poops that she usually makes early in the morning or when she gets nervous. I guess it's been about 5 days. There was a short period of decrease and then none. She still makes the other kind that includes white urine, but not nearly as much and they are small and I can sometimes hear a bubbly sound when she goes. Yesterday she produced one that had a little dark stink in with the dryer white, so some little bit had gone through. The stools are not runny or bloody at all. She is still eating but not as much. She is still active but not as much. She doesn't look sick.

    It was suggested that she be wormed so I gave her a full day with Wazine 17 in her water yesterday, but there doesn't appear to be any change. (I noticed the label said it was for roundworm, and I had seen no signs of anything wormy when checking her stool closely with a jeweler's loupe) I feed her turkey growth, finch seed mix, dried mealworms, and, until recently, Purina 1 salmon and tuna catfood. (I started giving her the catfood because she would go over to my cat's dish and knock it down everyday until I started putting it in her dish.) I give her Rooster Booster Poultry Cell in her water. I was told that I should discontinue the catfood so I did, although there are still a few pieces in her dish. When I offer her spring mix lettuces she just picks at them and throws them on the floor. She has a little dish of oyster shell that she doesn't touch.
    I guess I should mention that she lives indoors with me, which means I see every poop she does. (She will be moving out when the weather warms, or even indoor/outdoor if she likes that.) Until recently there was a big cage full of finches across from her. While I can't see where their absence could cause this much change, they might have given her a sense of normalcy that she misses. There is a big window across from her perch and hangout area.

    Any advice would he appreciated.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by