What does this poop mean?

JelloDonut

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I visited my grandma today and ended up taking home a hen who's been picked on. She's got a bloodied head, but seems otherwise fine, so I'm putting medicine on it and keeping her isolated. I just want to be sure this poop may just be caused by the lack of food, water, and strength rather than an underlying disease.
 

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ashlierami

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I visited my grandma today and ended up taking home a hen who's been picked on. She's got a bloodied head, but seems otherwise fine, so I'm putting medicine on it and keeping her isolated. I just want to be sure this poop may just be caused by the lack of food, water, and strength rather than an underlying disease.
I'm not to sure but I included a link to a poop chart I've used in the past for my chickens. http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=17568.0
 

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How old is she? She could be low in the pecking order, or she could be ill, and that is why they are picking on her. Diarrhea can be from a sickness, worms, drinking too much water or not enough food. Can you try to take a few fresh droppings in to your local vet’s office to have a fecal float to look for worms or coccidiosis? Offer her chicken feed and a little chopped egg or tuna plus fresh water. Feel of her crop right upper chest to see if it is empty, full, firm or puffy. Feel of her breast area for weight loss and muscle mass. Feel of the lower belly under her vent for fullness which could be from fluid, internal laying, or infection.
 

JelloDonut

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How old is she? She could be low in the pecking order, or she could be ill, and that is why they are picking on her. Diarrhea can be from a sickness, worms, drinking too much water or not enough food. Can you try to take a few fresh droppings in to your local vet’s office to have a fecal float to look for worms or coccidiosis? Offer her chicken feed and a little chopped egg or tuna plus fresh water. Feel of her crop right upper chest to see if it is empty, full, firm or puffy. Feel of her breast area for weight loss and muscle mass. Feel of the lower belly under her vent for fullness which could be from fluid, internal laying, or infection.
She's been the bottom of the pecking order for a very long time. It's just now that she must have lost feathers and the chickens just abused that exposed skin. She's an older hen, four or five maybe? She's also a breed that is too passive for her own good. Leghorn or Pheonix, I can't remember which. Leghorn, I think. Before I got her home and feed her, her crop was totally empty. Now it has a tiny bit in it. After being starved for so long, she probably can't eat much yet. She's just skin and bones, very light and bony. It would be easy to feel any swelling, and I don't. I want to see if it's anything to be concerned about before sending droppings in to a vet.
 
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JelloDonut

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One of her eyes has scabs on the upper eyelid, so it's a bit swollen. Using warm water, we were able to get it open a bit. I'll take a picture of her head and the medicine I'm applying to it.
 

JelloDonut

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Here's some pictures. Other than being hurt and very thin and weak, she's behaving normally. She'll peck at things curiously and walk towards my voice and roost and talk in a high pitched voice, so I don't think she's in much pain. Her face has a yellowish color with a bluish tint in the cheeks, plus it looks a bit swollen.
 

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JelloDonut

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I don't think she's laid eggs for a while. She's probably been too malnourished. I'm hoping that she'll get along with the two silkies I have here since she's just been severely attacked in both the houses we've tried her in. Should I be worried about the yellowish color or the blue tint? Or will that go away once she gains weight and strength?
 

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That is probably bruising. Please give us updates on how she is getting along. Since she is not laying, she may have one of the several common reproductive disorders that older hens can have, such as internal layer, egg yolk peritonitis, ascites, or salpingitis. I have lost several of my older hens this past year, and they may typically lose weight.
 

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