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Pink-ish/Blood-like stool... ?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 1hawaiian, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. 1hawaiian

    1hawaiian In the Brooder

    Jan 3, 2012
    Just acquired my first 4 RIR hens five days ago and they are about a month old says breeder.

    I noticed a couple days ago a couple pinkish/red droppings in the coop and thought maybe one of the girls were maybe eating earthworms or something.

    However, three days later I'm suspecting something is wrong with one of the chicks... as I have watched all of them poop except this suspected one... she's quite a forager in comparison to the other girls, she does eat when I set out the starter feed.

    BUT, she's always the first to leave the feeder and go and forage instead.

    She seems healthy and doesn't seem to be losing weight but now I'm a bit concerned that she may have something wrong with her.

    I don't visibly see any worms in their stool nor hers...

    Any guesses on what may be wrong with her?

    Thank you!
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2012

  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Here is the poo page (graphic).

    See the above link please to check if it is just normal shed intestinal lining or if it is bloody poo.

    Liquid blood is not normal. The shed intestinal lining will appear kind of mushy bloody looking from my experience.

    Bloody poos can be a sign of coccidiosis- usual age is 8 weeks of age and under.

    Coccidiosis: Lethargic, stands in corner by herself, won't eat or drink, acts cold with feathers fluffed up, very swift killer of chicks, may or may not be bloody poo present, may or may not have gone out on the ground, may or may not have been fed medicated chick feed.

    If it is actual bloody poo- not shed intestinal lining- I recommend treating for coccidiosis as it kills very fast - some in the flock will not act sick yet whilst it does its damage to the intestine.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2012
  3. 1hawaiian

    1hawaiian In the Brooder

    Jan 3, 2012
    I am very grateful for you taking the time to help me and for providing the link and its images...THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

    You have made me feel greatly at ease now!

    It's only normal shed lining... Thank goodness!
  4. rivermedic

    rivermedic In the Brooder

    Feb 15, 2012
    I have some 2 week-old goslings with bloody poo. Do they also shed intestinal lining?
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I just saw your post...you might want to start a new thread in emergencies, as I don't know goslings. I hope they get better!

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