In the Brooder
- Oct 25, 2013
I have 19 hens and two roosters of various breeds. Sadly, yesterday I found one of my RIR hens hiding in my son's play house and she seemed abnormally calm. She usually does not like to be held or touched a lot so I was surprised when she let me pet her and pick her up. When I picked her up she dribbled poop all down my side! So when I turned her to look at her behind I saw a lot of watery poop of various colors all over. I set her down and she went right back into the playhouse to hide. I washed up and went back outside to gather eggs for the day and notice three eggs were COVERED in the same diarrhea looking poop. So I threw those ones out. She is separate from my flock right now (it's been 24 hrs) but is not eating or drinking much and seems weak. This afternoon I checked on her and she had laid a very long soft sac with a small amount of liquid in it. I removed it from the pen but what the heck could it be and why would she have diarrhea like this? None of my other hens/roos are sick. Please help me figure out what to do with her. She doesn't seem sick enough to "put down" but not healthy enough to mix with the flock.