Sunken chests & Poopy butts :(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Tahnee Lee, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. Tahnee Lee

    Tahnee Lee New Egg

    Dec 9, 2016
    My entire flock of 14 chickens have sunken chests and poopy butts. I got them from the lady I bought eggs from when they were a little more than a year old. She said that they were just too much work for her, but I feel like I had been duped and receive sick Birds, but I want to get them healthy! What do I do??? Of course I'm going to take a fecal sample to a local vet, but you guys have any idea what I'm dealing with?

    Word of the now wise is to never buy chickens at that age :old
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2017
  2. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Overrun With Chickens


    Sorry your having issues, I would BRING THEM BACK but thats me

    I have no idea what the issue is

    Someone smarter than I will help I hope

    Gary from Idyllwild Ca here
  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Welcome to BYC.

    What type of food/treats are you feeding?
    Can you post some photos of the birds?

    Taking a fecal sample to your vet is a good idea.
    Looking back, I see you when you joined that you were having some trouble. You butchered a chicken and found what looks like a Lash Egg. This is technically called Salpingitis. This can cause the poopy butts that you have. It is an infection/inflammation of the oviduct (and or reproductive system). Was this chicken one that you recently received?

    Vet care may be in order, sometimes you can treat with antibiotics, but most water soluble meds have to be obtained through a vet at this time. A vet can do some testing and determine if what you are dealing with a bacterial infection, worms or other illness.

    Clean and sanitize your water stations. Since yours have sunken chests, it sounds like they have lost weight, so weighing each one to get a baseline weight is a good idea. Weigh each one at the same time each day to determine how much loss/gain. Observe your flock to see if they are eating/drinking well. Check their crops at night and first thing in the morning to make sure their crops are functioning properly.

    It won't hurt to provide some poultry vitamins and extra protein as well.

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