Sick chicken - white, thick mucus in beak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Woodchuck, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck New Egg

    Apr 24, 2009
    We have a 6-year-old chicken that we don't know exactly what is wrong. I have looked up diseases but can't pin it down.

    The biggest symptom is a very thick white substance in her beak.
    Her eyes are clear and her nostrils appear OK.

    She is holding her head down and has her feathers fluffed up. But she is moving around. She came out of the coop this morning but we have her isolated in a cage now. She is still moving around in the cage.
    I did notice her outside yesterday not acting quite normal but I thought she was pecking at something on the ground. The chickens are free range.

    I haven't seen her poop, but there is nothing in the coop to indicate anything wrong.

    The other chickens all appear fine.

    This chicken wanders farther than any of the other chickens. She is a leghorn and will fly into our fenced in yard. We did have several month-old kittens die in the fenced-in yard several days ago after days of rain (they got wet) and a virus that caused their eyes to get plugged with mucus. She has been known to eat out of the cat dish.

    WE have compost made from garden debris, horse, rabbit and chicken manure and she also has been known to peck in there.

    Please help me figure this out if you can.
    She is a quirky little pet, so we hate to put her down if we don't have to, but we don't want to lose the whole flock.

    Thanks, Linda
  2. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    the cats died from distemper
    it would not affect the hen

    the hen is OLD that is one thing against her
    but I would say she could use some
    corid or amproylium product in the water
    I would medicate for coccidiosis as they do free range

    It wil not hurt the chickens to be medicated for coccidiosis
    as they probably have not been

    the mucas is probably due to internal gut problems
    Make the wet mash mediated for the hens like this
    2 qt od dry crumbles
    4 qts of water
    in 1/2 of the water put 1 tsp of the amproylium
    mix with feed and add rest of water
    feed 3 tbsp to each bird in that amt

    they should clean it up in 30-40 minutes

    after using the amproylium for 5-7 days you ned to use
    natural probiotic recipe
    2 qts of dry crumbles
    4 qts of milk, sweet, sour, buttermilk
    1/2 cup of yogurt

    feed them 3 tbsp per hen
    and see they eat it in 30-40 minutes
    clean feeders and restock dry crumbles

    feed this three times first week
    then twice a week
    then once a week for life of chickens
  3. emilyweck

    emilyweck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Eugene, Oregon
    Quote:Is Corid safe for chickens even if they don't have coccidiosis? I free range and want to do this as prevention if it's safe. Any age OK?

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