thin hen. funky poo

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by flour child, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. flour child

    flour child Out Of The Brooder

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    my 2 year old RIR has been having almost completely water poo, for almost 3 weeks, her poo just started looking more solid but it looks "seedy" and i dont feed her anything that would cause that. shes also down to 4 lbs 12 oz and is very pale. anyone know what this poo might mean? i dont see anything like it on the poo chart

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  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Sounds like worms. Have you wormed your hens recently?
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I would probably worm her with Valbazen or Safeguard goat wormer or equine paste. Undigested food in droppings can be a sign of enteritis. Antibiotics such as amoxicillin, Tylan, and chlortetracycline among others can treat that. As always, if a vet is available, you can have her droppings checked for worms and bacteria.
     
  4. flour child

    flour child Out Of The Brooder

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    i started them on a wormer called "strike III " a few days ago.. i mixed it with 50 lbs of there food. do these symptoms occur when worms are present? ive tried to research so many possibilities and im just grtting a headache. i feel ive narrowed it down to either an infection or worms, its only my one girl, the other 15 are healthy as can be (knock on wood) anyone know a roundabout estimate to get her poo analyzed by a vet? moneys very tight but i feel like its my only choice at this point.. theres so many different antibiotics ive been recommended and i dont know which to go with
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    If you have a dog or cat vet, call them and ask if they will do it without seeing her. Cost for just a fecal float and direct smear should be less than $60. If you have to take her in, add $45-$65 for the office visit.

    -Kathy
     
  6. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try looking up clostridium perfringens as well - symtoms are very watery poop, lethargic, undigested food in the droppings, excessive thirst, etc. Just went through this with one of my BR's and after a round of Tylan and about 3 weeks of time she's completely back to normal.

    Forgot to add, we also wormed them with safeguard just to rule that out, but I'm 99.9% sure it was the clostridium.
     
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  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I have seen undigested seed/watery poop in birds with E. Coli infection and in a bird with a yeast infection. Of course I always will de-worm with Safeguard at 0.23ml per pound for five days just in case (too cheap and lazy to find a close vet to do fecals, bird vet is over an hour away).

    -Kathy
     
  8. flour child

    flour child Out Of The Brooder

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    so i did some research on clostridium perfringens, but not much came up on the symptoms. mostly that it is common in broiler hens and that it could be caused by moldy food (maybe from my compost pile?) is there a thread on this disease?
     
  9. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Look up enteritis or necrotic enteritis. C. Perfringens is the most common bacteria that causes it, and it is in the soil. Chickens who have had coccidiosis in the past, or those that have eaten certain grain diets may be at risk for it. I can't post links at this time.
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    This picture is from a 3 year old hen that had coccidiosis and capillary worms:
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    -Kathy
     

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