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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by butterfliesdoku, Feb 11, 2016.
Not sure if this is the best picture but any ideas???
Is he acting sick? Can you see worms in the poo?
While a bit foamy, it could be a normal variation, but obviously watch him to see if it continues.
Yellow foamy can be a sign of coccidiosis or even histomonas, for which you would need meds.
White foamy can be kidney issues if I remember correctly, or poo on a hot day (don't know where you are located) as the bird gets rid of more urates to cool off.
...or simply sign of time to worm.
I'll link a poo chart below that can help you see the difference between normal poo and poo of illness.
Hard to tell.
Have you wormed him lately?
If you can take a sample to a vet they can do a fecal float test to see what you are dealing with.
There are numerous wormer/dewormers on the market that can be used. Valbazen 1/2 ml orally and then repeated in 10 days for each chicken is a good wormer. Fenbendazole (Safeguard, Panacur) is also good at 1/4 ml per pound for 5 days in a row. If you treat your hens
there is usually a 14day egg throw away period (info should be on box).
Here's a link about poop and treatments
I agree. My RIR hen had poop like this. We took her in to get a stool test and he gave her antibiotics. She is fine now. He also gave. Us an extra tube to put other poop in for a test of all my chickens.
Not acting sick, I didn't see worms. This has been going on for 4 days now. He's the only one I've caught with this kind of poo. So far that I've seen all my hens' poo looks normal along with backup rooster #1 & #2. I'm in northern California but closer to central. My flock has never been wormed before. My main rooster is turning a year old in March and my oldest gals will be turning 2.
I'd say time to worm and hope that stops it.
Other thought, are you feeding your rooster high calcium layer as well as the hens?
Some roosters have issues with that which can cause kidney damage and might produce the poo's you are seeing.
It is debated whether you can keep roosters on layer feed with the flock, many say it is harmful to the rooster over time and he should be on flock raiser. Others have done it for years and not had issues. Typically the feed industry recommends flock raiser for roosters with only a few brands stating they are safe for adult roosters (usually because they are on the low end of calcium content for layers).
Just a thought.
Should I just worm him or the whole flock? My flock was on a "game bird" feed, I recently switched to layer 3 days ago so I don't think it was the food
Always worm the whole flock as they pass it back and forth.
What kind of rooster is it again? And flock?
Game bird feed is often very high protein (30%), and unless you are raising games, that may be an issue with too much protein that might have affected your rooster.
I would recommend an All Flock feed (usually 18% protein) with calcite grit or oyster shell for flock layers if you have layer types.
Rooster is an Easter Egger and my hens are either different pure breeds or mixes. My other two roosters are Silver Sebright/Thai mix and a Welsummer/Barred Rock mix. I put the quotes around gamebird because that's what I bought it as but it has only like 13.5% protein.
I'm glad you've got them all on better feed now as 13.5% protein is not high enough for growing birds nor layers....16% minimum is best with 18% better if you've got limited range or colder weather.
Hopefully better feed and worming will set your roo right.