Poop questions

perthchickie

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Hi all

My 5 yr old speckled sussex is being fairly lethargic and not all that interested in food. Her poop is runny and has grass in it, and her crop is full (Im going to isolate her tonight to make sure its emptying overnight). Nothing has changed with her diet, water is clean and she is wormed regularly. Her breathing is a bit laboured, but the vet listened to her and couldnt hear anything wrong with her air sacs. I have given her a broad spectrum antibiotic today and will continue for the next couple of days. Any thoughts? We're in Western Australia and it's spring here.
 

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perthchickie

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I forgot to mention that she has been sneezing regularly for about 3 weeks too (this is what prompted the vet visit in the first place). No obvious discharge from nose or eyes.
 
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Well could it be the change in climate???
I am also in Australia Sydney though but sometimes chickens suffer from the sudden change in climate like it getting cooler at night then really hot during the day.
Maybe you have had a sudden change in climate???
With the sneezing maybe it could be the pollens and stuff in the air
 

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Hi all

My 5 yr old speckled sussex is being fairly lethargic and not all that interested in food. Her poop is runny and has grass in it, and her crop is full (Im going to isolate her tonight to make sure its emptying overnight). Nothing has changed with her diet, water is clean and she is wormed regularly. Her breathing is a bit laboured, but the vet listened to her and couldnt hear anything wrong with her air sacs. I have given her a broad spectrum antibiotic today and will continue for the next couple of days. Any thoughts? We're in Western Australia and it's spring here.

I forgot to mention that she has been sneezing regularly for about 3 weeks too (this is what prompted the vet visit in the first place). No obvious discharge from nose or eyes.
Sorry to hear about your hen.
What antibiotic did the vet give you?
Did the vet perform a fecal test?

Did you find her crop empty this morning?

Sneezing with labored breathing, to me, would indicated a respiratory illness. Have you gotten any new birds within the last 30days? Are her nostrils free of food/debris?
Photos?

Do you know when she last laid an egg? Feel her abdomen for any bloat/swelling or feeling of fluid. With an older hen, reproductive problems are common - symptoms include loose droppings, loss of weight, not eating/drinking well, difficulty walking, labored breathing, sometimes swelling/bloat/fluid in the abdomen.
 

perthchickie

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Sorry to hear about your hen.
What antibiotic did the vet give you?
Did the vet perform a fecal test?

Did you find her crop empty this morning?

Sneezing with labored breathing, to me, would indicated a respiratory illness. Have you gotten any new birds within the last 30days? Are her nostrils free of food/debris?
Photos?

Do you know when she last laid an egg? Feel her abdomen for any bloat/swelling or feeling of fluid. With an older hen, reproductive problems are common - symptoms include loose droppings, loss of weight, not eating/drinking well, difficulty walking, labored breathing, sometimes swelling/bloat/fluid in the abdomen.
Yes I had assumed there would be respiratory issues but the vet couldnt hear any fluid or debris in her air sacs. Im administering amoxicillin- the vet didnt prescribe but we had it here from last time one of them got sick.

No new birds. Last egg would have been friday or sat. No fluid in the abdomen.

Her crop didnt empty out completely overnight but her poop from overnight looked more normal (although less than normal).
Once she has had some water ill do another crop massage but am wary of bruising.

The other bird isnt sick, so makes me think it's not communicable?
 

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Yes I had assumed there would be respiratory issues but the vet couldnt hear any fluid or debris in her air sacs. Im administering amoxicillin- the vet didnt prescribe but we had it here from last time one of them got sick.

No new birds. Last egg would have been friday or sat. No fluid in the abdomen.

Her crop didnt empty out completely overnight but her poop from overnight looked more normal (although less than normal).
Once she has had some water ill do another crop massage but am wary of bruising.

The other bird isnt sick, so makes me think it's not communicable?
I've never bruised a crop by massaging it, you really just need to gently manipulate the contents.

It would be hard to know at this point what she has going on. The crop not emptying is a clue. Often crop issues can be a symptom of an underlying condition like worms, coccidiosis, reproductive disorders and infection.

Let us know how it goes with the crop.
 

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