Possible Worms? Looking for a second opinion

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LaurasLorps, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. LaurasLorps

    LaurasLorps Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 19, 2011
    I am still pretty new to chickens, so I'd like a second opinion on one of my girls. I am thinking she may have worms, but I have also read that there are good/bad bacteria for a chicken's gut, and I am wonder if she has some sort of issue there?

    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.) Barred Rock pullet, roughly 7 months old. She is smaller than my other barred rock of the same age and hasn't seemed to grow much in the past two or so months.

    2) What is the behavior, exactly. She is smaller than my other BR, hasn't seemed to grow (but isn't wasting away) and isn't laying yet, though my other BR has been laying consistently for over a month. Also, every time I see her poop, it is VERY runny and a brownish/green color. I know some runny poops are normal, but I can't remember the last time I saw her poop with some mass to it. She has good energy levels and eats and drinks normally. That is mostly why I haven't worried about her before.

    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? I am not completely sure, but probably a month or two?
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? No, I have two other birds (the other BR and an australorp). Both of them lay regularly and are a normal size and have normal poops. If worms were the problem, wouldn't my other chickies be showing symptoms?

    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. nope
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. can't think of anything, but like I said, I am new at this!

    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. She eats and drinks regularly. I feed them purina sun fresh layer crumbles. They all free range for about an hour on weekdays and most of Saturday and Sunday. I also give a little bit of treat every other day, usually black oil sunflower seeds or stale bread.

    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. Very runny and dark brownish green...all the time!

    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? Nothing 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? Seems like I should be able to treat myself.

    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. Not right now

    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use Coffee chaff in the coop, fenced in run that we move over fresh grass once a week, free ranging in our grassy/weedy (haha!) backyard
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Have you seen the (graphic) poop chart?


    Coffee chaff? That's a new one on me. I think all chickens eat a little of their litter. Is it possible she is eating more than the others?

    Yes, she could have an internal infection. She could be an internal layer, since she's not laying and her "sisters" are.

    I hope you can get this figured out. And I hope someone comes along who is smarter than I am.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2012
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Here is a generic website that describes some chicken illnesses...I hope you can find the cause.

    While it could be worms of course, as any chicken on the ground could have worms, I am thinking that you could take a poo sample in to a vet for a fecal test for worms.

    Since she isn't losing weight, that makes me think it might not be worms. To answer your question, sometimes it is just one bird showing signs of problems with worms. I am worried it might be an infection???
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2012
  4. LaurasLorps

    LaurasLorps Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 19, 2011
    Thank you both for your responses. I have seen the poop chart before but her poop doesn't seem to match any of the ones pictured. I may go ahead and treat her for worms, because it sounds like it doesn't hurt to do it once or twice a year whether there are symptoms or not. If that doesn't seem to make a difference I'll have to try something else.

    flockwatcher, I read about using coffee chaff (the husks from the coffee bean that come off during roasting) in Mother Earth News magazine. I love it because it clumps the poop really well and is easy to clean. It also composts really quickly and is great for the garden! We have a coffee roasterie about 15 mins from our house and they give us big bags of the stuff for free! I've never seen any of the girls eating it...they usually only go into the coop at night or to lay. But I will keep a closer eye on my questionable chicken and see if she is eating any.

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