Unusual poops

JudgeChunk

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Yup. This is a poop thread sorry in advance.

My bantam of unidentified age has been losing weight, eating very little and drinking more water. She's also breathing harder.

This morning when I went to change out her food and water I found her bedding covered in white. Prior to that she had green poops.
 

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Wyorp Rock

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You mention unknown age - how long have you had her? Any guesses how old?
What do you feed including treats?
Photo of the hen too please.

Any chance she ate something moldy (spilled feed, etc.).
Can you take a poop sample to bet tested by a vet?

I would encourage her to drink. Once she's hydrated, then offer her a bit of fresh feed.
 

JudgeChunk

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You mention unknown age - how long have you had her? Any guesses how old?
What do you feed including treats?
Photo of the hen too please.

Any chance she ate something moldy (spilled feed, etc.).
Can you take a poop sample to bet tested by a vet?

I would encourage her to drink. Once she's hydrated, then offer her a bit of fresh feed.

I've had Dipp since January 6th. I want to say she's mature at least? She's clucked once or twice but for the most part she does those little bantam noises.

For daily they receive Encore layer booster pellets (that I've crushed to make them bite size), Kaytee Scratch Plus with some cracked corn tossed in. All food and water is changed daily and no chance of mold or such things. The water is slightly elevated and secure so they can't knock it over into the bedding which is timothy hay or into the food.

For occasional treat they get either Peck and Scratch grubs, Grapes, Cucumber, watermelon, or corn on the cob.

Out in the yard they have a flower box full of sprouting birdseed, access to bugs such as earwigs, worms, crickets, pill bugs and rarely cranefly larvae. As well as random spots of grass and weed. My yard is mostly wood chip so the grass and weeds are pulled not trimmed.

I made an appointment with the vet but it's so far and the only one who will see chickens. So I wanted to know if there is anything I can do now.
 

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JudgeChunk

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She's acting normal?
I would cut out treats and see if the poop improves.

For some reason, the color makes me think it's something she's eating.

Her appetite has decreased drastically. She'll only peck here and there. Her crop isn't full at night. You can feel the food she did eat in there.

Yeah I'll stop the treats then. Worth a shot.
 

JudgeChunk

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I would check to make sure her crop is emptying overnight.

Her crop is emptying overnight. She seems to have random bouts of bad poop. She's eating here and there but not so much. Drinking way more water than usual.

I mixed fresh feed with warm water and she was more interested in it.
 

Wyorp Rock

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Drinking more than usual, ime, indicates a crop or digestive problem. Her crop may be emptying, but it's possible she may have a bit of a blockage somewhere.
Consider de-worming her. Safeguard can be found at stores like TSC. Dose is .23ml per pound of weight given orally for 5 days in a row or if possible, get a fecal float to see if worms are contributing to the weight loss.
 

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