What is happening?

Trevorusn

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I have experienced my first unknown chicken death. I came home to find one of my SF hens already beyond the ability to help, but at least she didn't go alone. I am at a loss as to why, because she was fine last night and seemed good this morning minus some hesitation when she got up. The hens in her flock have had constant poopy butts, even after trimming, washing, added vitamins and electrolytes as well as a round of deworming. One of the hens we had to take to the vet as her skin on her rear started becoming necrotic, which may have been due to how low of an angle her tail feathers lay. The vet couldn't tell us exactly what had caused it, and the skin does not seem to be healing. I am at a loss as to what is going on, and now the two remaining hens have droppings that I cannot tell if they are cecal or not, though the one remaining SF in the coop has a noticeably poopier butt today. The SF roo in that flock however, seems completely fine and unaffected medically by any of this. What is happening and what can I do? I have a vet appointment on the 8th to determine how well the treatment for the hen with necrotic skin is, and see about quality of life going forward, but as for the remaining 2 I don't know what to do...
 

Trevorusn

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To add, we got three of these hens, 2 SFs and a splash Wyandotte, from the same person off of CL, and they turned out to need a worming 2-3 months after we had acquired them, as they were in the middle of a molt, so we were told, when we got them but the molt was at the same stage 2 months later as when we first got them. After the worming the molts went into hyperdrive and finished within 2 weeks. Am I seeing the results of neglect or poor practices from the previous owners finally coming to fruition? And, the poopy butts have affected the SF hens far worse than the Wyandotte.
 
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hayley3

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The poopy butts are worrisome.
Could be from the heat, too much protein, coccidiosis....
Poo can definitely be irritating on skin...I doubt it was from the feathers

Diarrhea causes are a process of elimination. I 'm surprised the vet didn't know more.
 

Trevorusn

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The poopy butts are worrisome.
Could be from the heat, too much protein, coccidiosis....
Poo can definitely be irritating on skin...I doubt it was from the feathers

Diarrhea causes are a process of elimination. I 'm surprised the vet didn't know more.
The All Flock is 18% protein, I wouldn't think that would be too much...right? They had the poopy butts before the heat got bad, I could try dosing them with Corid starting tomorrow as well. The vet said my one hen had something like vent gleet but there was no real smell, and doesn't fully explain the necrotic skin. I'm still at a loss as to why my one passed away this evening, its been a rough year year med wise for my chickens.
 

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