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#15116 - 06/09/08 07:04 AM Yellow Poop, Sickly Chicken
Katherine Verman Offline
Chick

Registered: 04/17/08
Posts: 15
Loc: Vermont
Has any one had any experience with this? A Rhode Island Red suddenly became sickly and quiet, and my experience is she may be dying. I am cleaning out the coop and found yellow poop. I lost another chicken unexpectedly about 6 weeks ago. I don't know if there is any relationship, but that one never recovered from losing her feathers and was missing a large chunk from her tail feathers.

KV

PS It suddenly got very hot here - high 80's low 90's, and maybe there is a relationship.

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#15117 - 06/10/08 07:27 AM Re: Yellow Poop, Sickly Chicken
Katherine Verman Offline
Chick

Registered: 04/17/08
Posts: 15
Loc: Vermont
I am beginning to think it is the unseasonable heat. I now have two that are isolated, fans on them and very slow moving - both Rhode Island Reds. Any thoughts are welcome, K

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#15118 - 06/10/08 07:48 AM Re: Yellow Poop, Sickly Chicken
Chicken Wired Offline
Bantam

Registered: 08/23/07
Posts: 51
Loc: California
Katherine--I had the same problem with my first of only two hens, a buff cochin. She displayed the same symptoms--bright yellowish, runny poo, somewhat lethargic and losing feathers. She abruptly stopped laying as well. I ran the symptoms by the forum, but no one seemed to be able to come up with a clear diagnosis. In my case, she started getting sick when I was having my house painted, and I can only assume that she may have gotten into some old paint chips or something else the painters left laying around. A day or two before she died, I checked her vent and found that it was very swollen. When I finally found a chicken vet to see her in my area, it was too late.
I still don't know what she had, and my other hen is fine. Maybe there's someone out there that can help us out with this? Could it be a type of intestinal parasite?
Good luck Katherine, I hope this mystery illness is treatable and your hen can be saved.

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#15119 - 06/10/08 09:44 AM Re: Yellow Poop, Sickly Chicken
Katherine Verman Offline
Chick

Registered: 04/17/08
Posts: 15
Loc: Vermont
Thanks so much - any one have any further thoughts or instructions? Much appreciated. I love my chickens! Katherine

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#15120 - 06/12/08 05:15 AM Re: Yellow Poop, Sickly Chicken
Katherine Verman Offline
Chick

Registered: 04/17/08
Posts: 15
Loc: Vermont
I am still trying to nurse two sick chickens - none have died, but the original sickly one is still very lethargic and even though the heat has broken, she still seems to have low energy, eats little, but does drink water. Her poop is runny and green now. The other one is more lively, though has a yellow bottom, due to yellow poop. I isolated the two for days and just let one, the more lively hen out to free-range by herself for awhile.
PLEASE, is there anyone out there who might know what else I might do? Thanks for your consideration. Katherine - Vermont

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#15121 - 06/12/08 01:30 PM Re: Yellow Poop, Sickly Chicken
Bushman Offline
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Registered: 07/25/07
Posts: 1047
Loc: Wisconsin
You might try a tablespoon of natural apple cider vinegar per gallon of drinking water. It helps keep the water fresh. Be sure to change water at least daily, and twice a day in hot weather.
It seems to work for me. I think the problem stems from contaminated food and/or stale water, perhaps unclean water containers.
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#15122 - 06/12/08 04:20 PM Re: Yellow Poop, Sickly Chicken
Katherine Verman Offline
Chick

Registered: 04/17/08
Posts: 15
Loc: Vermont
Thanks, I will try that. Any other ideas out there. They are still alive, but one seems sicker than the other. Your perspectives are really wanted and needed. KV

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#15123 - 06/12/08 06:48 PM Re: Yellow Poop, Sickly Chicken
P. Smith1340 Offline
Chicken

Registered: 02/28/08
Posts: 94
Loc: Oregon
If it is something internal, perhaps some plain yogurt would help? I've also heard a few times on here to put honey in water if chickens are to the point where they won't eat. Maybe honey on yogurt? I'm shooting in the dark, as (thankfully) none of mine have ever been sick. CJR or Rhea Dean may have some more helpful advice, but I would try the yogurt.

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#15124 - 06/12/08 06:55 PM Re: Yellow Poop, Sickly Chicken
Katherine Verman Offline
Chick

Registered: 04/17/08
Posts: 15
Loc: Vermont
I was just thinking, prior to reading this last entry, that a probiotic was in order and thinking of giving them yogurt. I also tried garlic flakes, as I think it may perhaps be some intestinal yeast problem and I heard garlic is good for dirty bottom and the like. I will try yogurt tomorrow. In the mean time I went out and changed water and put apple vinegar in the water - thanks so much. I hope they get better and not die as I had expected. I am grateful for the last suggestions. KV

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#15125 - 06/12/08 10:00 PM Re: Yellow Poop, Sickly Chicken
Foehn Offline
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Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 1968
Loc: New Zealand
1 teaspoon of honey to a cup of water will give an instant energy boost. This is often a great help if hens are reluctant to eat. Offer twice a day, instead of normal drinking water.

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#15126 - 06/13/08 04:59 AM Re: Yellow Poop, Sickly Chicken
Katherine Verman Offline
Chick

Registered: 04/17/08
Posts: 15
Loc: Vermont
Thanks so much for all you suggestions. I have given one of the more lively, but yellow poop bottomed chickens yogurt and honey and she ate it up. I am thinking she has recovered enough to join the the others because she is higher energy, eating, and the poop in the small nursing pen - where both were isolated - seems to be fairly normal at this point. The other is still so lethargic, does not eat and very yellow bottomed from poop. I offered her yogurt with honey, but she did not eat. I let her free range a bit, but slow and not really interested in anything. My question is, should I be patient and hope she recovers, or is this a case where I should cull her from the group? In the mean time I will try the honeyed water. Again, any thoughts are so welcome. Thank you so much! KV

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#15127 - 06/13/08 05:39 AM Re: Yellow Poop, Sickly Chicken
Foehn Offline
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Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 1968
Loc: New Zealand
I'd keep her separate for the time being, partly incase she infectious with something, but mostly because she will not be strong enough to hold her own if the others decide to pick on her, and they often do when a hen is ailing.
Is there any chance the yellow is egg yolk? Might she have broken an egg internally? If so you will probably lose her since infection is almost certain.

If not, there's still hope you can get your hen to recover. Try dipping her beak into the honeyed water and see if she will drink, or you can drip a bit at a time on the end of her beak. It's a very tricky operation to put it directly down the throat with anything other than a feeding tube, and oh so easy to send it the wrong way, so I don't usually recommend eye droppers or such like unless you are very skilled at using them. Try tempting her with small amounts of banana, boiled rice, cooked porridge (you can add a little honey to the latter two) Keep her in a quiet place. Good luck.

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#15128 - 06/13/08 08:16 AM Re: Yellow Poop, Sickly Chicken
Katherine Verman Offline
Chick

Registered: 04/17/08
Posts: 15
Loc: Vermont
Foehn and others - thank you so much. It is thrilling to think we are communicating across the world, and about chickens, no less! I do not think it is a broken egg, because the second one showed the same symptoms and their bottoms are drippy, encrusted and the like. I think it is more of a yeast, or bacterial infection from bad water, or the like - I feed them food scraps. We just had a really bad heat wave, and I imagine something went bad then. I will try these gentle foods - and she did drink some honeyed water this morning. I will be patient and continue to run a hen clinic. Thank you for your input and any further thoughts are welcome. KV

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#15129 - 06/13/08 08:27 AM Re: Yellow Poop, Sickly Chicken
CJR Offline
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Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 8489
Loc: Montana
There is a TYLAN product for nonspecific enteritis. Powder, added in water for several days, can give relief IF it is a bacterial infection that reponds. ??? (Tylan also comes in an injectable form) Most all Poultry Supply catalogs list it, and perhaps your Ag center will have it? It is a possibility to help....Good luck, CJR

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#15130 - 06/13/08 10:10 AM Re: Yellow Poop, Sickly Chicken
Katherine Verman Offline
Chick

Registered: 04/17/08
Posts: 15
Loc: Vermont
I will look into this TYLAN product. Meanwhile I did try banana and rice and honey with some yogurt and both sick chickens ate it! I also noticed that the one I had released from nursing pen was attacked by other healthy hen, and so I put her back. Few, this is hard work! Good thing I am a teacher and off for the summer! KV

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