Tuesday, December 2, 2003
Poultry > Health & Disease
I have a 18 month Bantam hen who for the past 7 days has had watery diarrhea, sour smelling crop, excessive thirst, and little appetite. Several weeks ago I noticed that she was straining upon elimination and she was quite thirsty. When she also started acting depressed and stopped laying, we removed her from the flock (8, free-range). I have read the "Chicken Health Handbook", but her symptoms and age don't match any diseases mentioned. None of our other chickens are sick. She also has no respiratory symptoms/problems. Any ideas? Thanks!
Difficult to say what the exact problem is. You might get some Terrymycin and mix in the water for her only. But, it sounds like a bacterial infection, possibly E. coli or some other. Could be a heavy dose of coccidiosis, but the other hens do not have it, I assume. Look for tape worms, etc. in feces as well.
Ken Koelkebeck Extension Specialist, Poultry
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