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Diarrhea

PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:56 am
by Jamesama
After a very wet winter and a batch of chicken mixture (pellets, corn, grit) that had gone mouldy at the end of last month, our 6 year old pekin (but not our other 6 bantams) has had runny poos on and off for most of October. She's been in isolation for a fortnight now. Otherwise still happy eating and drinking if not a little pekin fussy, although today she has lost some tail feathers and has a mysterious bloody comb (although these two things might be unrelated to the diarrhea). Have fed her lots of yoghurt and put her exclusively on pellets. Diarrhea came back after offering some greens (spinach). The poos are normal chicken colour just in tiny little pieces and watery and not holding together.

Looking for some advice/encouragement as she is a lovely lady. We are leaning towards bacterial as the cause (mouldy food, comes and goes) but are being suggested towards parasites. Suggestions of vets in Auckland worth giving a call would be welcomed. It may all be in the normal bounds of chickenness, but we'd like her to be comfortable and happy like the rest of us after such a miserable winter! Will start tracking her weight from today.

Re: Diarrhea

PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:10 pm
by Marina
Hi Jamesama and welcome to PC!

You are doing the right thing and the only additional suggestion I have to make is to give her apple cider vinegar in her drinking water. 1 tablespoon per litre for 2 or 3 days. Then probiotic youghurt - the expensive stuff (natural, no added sugar).

If she has parasites (worms) you are likely to see squiggling little things in her poos. It could be her age, too, as Pekins are not very long lived. 6 years old is a ripe old age for your little lady!

Re: Diarrhea

PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:39 am
by Jamesama
Thanks Marina. Happy to be on PC. Pekin achived her dream last year and became a virgin mother to a lovely bantam black orpington. I feel particularly sorry for her as I've just been travelling in Brazil myself so know how she feels.

Can anyone recommend how to go about sourcing and treating bantams with antibiotics? My suspicion is its bacterial, but hopefully the yoghurt will sort her microbiome out by itself.

Re: Diarrhea

PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:25 pm
by Marina
To get antibiotics you'll need a prescription from a vet and they only give you a prescription if you take the chook for a consultation. Antibiotics are administered via the drinking water so no problem. I'd try the apple cider vinegar followed by yoghurt first, though. Best of luck!