Smelly Chicken -- not poop, breath and feathers!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BodhiRoc, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. BodhiRoc

    BodhiRoc Hatching

    Dec 6, 2009
    Hi all -- We have 4 3-mo chicks. Everyone's doing fine, but our salmon faverolles is STINKY! The others (dominique, sussex, brahma) smell nice (chickeny but nice). We can barely stand to handle the faverolles, though. She smells like rotten fish... not her poop, necessarily, but her breath and feathers. Any ideas?


  2. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    Check for parasites. Other than that, she may have an infection somewhere....
  3. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Songster

    Jul 3, 2009
    I agree that that is not normal. Kind of strange that it is only one breed but I think there is some type of health issue. If the smell seems to be emanating from the face I would look inside the mouth. check for mites etc. Look for discharge from the nostrils. Check the bottom of the feet. Good luck with the stink pots!

    ETA Oh, I think I misunderstood. I thought you had a few of the same breed that were stinky. If it's just one I definitely think there is something up with her.
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2010
  4. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Sour crop, maybe? I hear that emits a bad odor.

    There have been accounts on this site of people cutting open the crop, cleaning it out, then Super-gluing the wound shut - with very positive results.

    If it is sour crop, you might also look into this solution:


    Use this solution as a treatment for mycosis (mold infection) in the crop. An alternate name for the condition is "Thrush." Use the solution as a "follow-up" treatment after flushing with epsom salt solution--refer to the section for LAXATIVE SOLUTIONS.

    Dissolve .5 lb copper sulfate and .5 cup vinegar into 1 gallon of water for a "stock" solution. Dispense stock solution at the rate of 1 oz per gallon for the final drinking solution.

    An alternate method of preparing the solution is:

    dissolve 1 oz copper sulfate and 1 tablespoon of vinegar into 15 gallons water.

    Use either solution as the sole water source during the course of the disease outbreak. Copper sulfate is often referred to as "bluestone".
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2010
  5. BodhiRoc

    BodhiRoc Hatching

    Dec 6, 2009
    Hi All -- Thanks for the advice. Somehow the stinky chicken is a lot less stinky. Perhaps it was just something she ate? Anyway, thanks for all the advice. If it happens again, I'll look into the sour crop remedy. Best, Greg
  6. Resolution

    Resolution Chillin' With My Peeps

    Catch every bird with malodorous breath and stuff a chewable vitamin C down their gullet- once a week for ~ three weeks. These small bantams tend to be more susceptible to choryza than many other breeds- even if its getting better don't hesitate- acting with precaution is better than acting too late.

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