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Two hens with water coming out of beaks and diarrhea

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RoaringBrook, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. RoaringBrook

    RoaringBrook Out Of The Brooder

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    On Thursday one of my Silver Laced Wyandottes, age 2, usually healthy, was moving slowly, had a larger crop than usual and water coming out of her beak. She also had diarrhea. I would describe it as throwing up water, not a lot and not all the time, but still odd head movement followed by the water. I tried to rub her crop, and hold her upside down. Now, crop is smaller, and she has no odd neck movements or water from her beak, eating/drinking - but is less active/staying close to the coup versus out in the yard, and still has diarrhea.

    This am - my Plymouth Rock, age 4, is now also expelling water from her beak, and showing signs of diarrhea. Still active and out in the yard with the others.

    What can I do to help get rid of the diarrhea? Should I be concerned about the water coming out of their beaks? Is this a symptom of something else? Do I need to separate them from the others?

    I have 10 total hens - all seem healthy, hungry and very active, and we get about 5 eggs a day. They are in a coup with pine shavings. The hens are usually out in the yard (versus in a pen) - unless it is snowing/too cold. The coop is heated if cold at night. They are on egg layer feed.
     
  2. BunkyB

    BunkyB Chillin' With My Peeps

    I dug out some of my paperwork from my desk drawer and consulted my chicken bible as I call it. Any time birds got sick on me in the past I kept a journal of illnesses and fixes as to what I did do to cure the symptoms.
    Diarrhea is most of the time a sign of fecal eating and possible dirty water dish. If there seems to be raspiness in the breathing or a rattle sound along with greenish diarrhea then there may be an issue. Could be respiratory issues. Since there are quite a few issues with diarrhea among the different diseases of respiratory issues I add electrolytes to their water. Hmmm, can I spell pepirozene...maybe....I also add this to their water. Something like this is worth seperating the bird from the flock for a week or so. It is a possibility it can spread to the rest of the flock. These 2 meds are good for the whole flock, not just the sick ones.
    Do not be too concerned unless the weight gain is rapid and the belly feels like a waterbottle. This is only my opinion as I am not a vet. I just have a lot of practice with sick birds and rescuing birds whos owners don't want them anymore due to illnesses.
    Steve(BunkyB)
     
  3. RoaringBrook

    RoaringBrook Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your help. I have a bottle of Wazine, and it's active ingredient is Piperazine. I have used this once in the past as a wormer. Is this the same as the drug you mentioned - or different? Sorry for all the questions! Lisa
     

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