Red Lettuce Runs (Bad Update)Answers anyone?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tiki244, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    I wasnt sure which forum to post in but I have been feeding my chickens lettuce mix and it has red lettuce in it-I just noticed in one pen there is copiouse amounts of (bloody runny poop?) Or (Red dyed runny poop?). All of them seem fine but this is wieird!!!! Does anyone have experience feeding chicks with beet greens or such stuff, and what color would poop be?


    EDIT PART ADD ON------->>one of the chickens was sleeping and puffed up so I removed her and she was cold..I warmad her and gave her garlic and some aeromycin-she is wrapped in a towel and down jacket----I now see she is pooping RED BLOOD CLOTS!!!! I have never seen this. what is this? Does she have a chance??
     
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  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    I threw out a head of lettuce and yes you would get runny poops LOL! If you never had that red in it before prior to feeding them red lettuce, then no worries. If you already have red in their poops, then you got a problem...cocci or worms.

    It will take care of itself in a day or two depending how much each bird ate it. Sometimes I add bread or crackers to slow the runs. Remember lettuce is high in water...
     
  3. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Thank Ewe!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  4. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if what you have been giving is the bagged salad mixes..
    I gave this to my chickens and they did get the runs.
    I don't give it anymore..and have gone back to using fresh greens.
    tho I give very little lettuce.
     
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    I editted the top of this with further information that just happened today I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. At first it seemed like the poop was liquid and beet colored now its much worse. You suppose lettuce was contaminated?
    Thanks
     
  6. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure what to tell you...
    When mine get the runs for any reasno I toss a hand full of dry old fashioned oatmeal flakes in the pen "NOT INSTANT"

    I also wonder if a bit of yogurt might help calm her guts.
    even just a few bites mixed in some layer crumbles.
    OR the oat meal..

    GOOD LUCK
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Is it blood? If it is, and now they are puffing up, sounds like they may have cocci, if so gotta treat with amprol or sulmet quick as cocci kills fast. Cocci is from soil so if that was the case, it would have been a coiciendence with the letticue.

    A fecal float test at the vet can tell you for sure. Clotted blood sounds like cocci though.
     
  8. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    There is a good chance it is cocci BUT
    I've experienced bloody poop several times with my flock. It has happened
    randomnly and at different ages. I have yet to lose a single birds or even
    have one show any symptoms. It first happened when I happened to be
    feeding them a treat of older bird seed. I stopped the seed and made sure
    grit and shell was ALWAYS available. The blood stopped.

    It happened again to a group I had in my brooder. I did my best to seperate
    the ones with bloody poop but this proved difficult.

    We haven't seen any blood for several months now with the exception of Jimmy,
    our mental Buff roo. I think he just gave himself an ulcer or something. He has
    since stopped the red poo and is doing ok with the flock.

    Conclusion:
    Get a fecal test done by a vet to detect cocci.
    Make sure they have plenty of clean grit, shell, and water.
    Watch them for other symptoms.


    Last thought: Another thing I did when this first happened was to remove
    all food for 18 hours. I just gave them water and grit. I'm not sure if this helped
    but the bloody poo did go away.

    Hope this helps...
     
  9. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    I dont have amprol or sulmet only have aeromycin
     
  10. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Aeromycin is an antibiotic. It won't work. Call your local feed stores
    or order online. How long has this been happening?
     

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