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What to do in chickens

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what to do for diaherra in chickens
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

Brenda, is it just the one 5 month old or are all of your chickens diarrheic; if so, how many? Ideally, an avian vet will perform a thorough physical exam on the sickest chicken including a fecal ova and parasite exam and bacterial culture and sensitivity of the cloaca (vent). A newly dead or very ill bird that's sacrificed should be refrigerated (not frozen) until it can be necropsied. Diarrhea is a nonspecific symptom in chickens; it can indicate primary gastrointestinal disorders as well as metabolic disorders elsewhere in the body that are affecting the gastrointestinal tract. Even respiratory infections can cause diarrhea.

If you don't have access to such a vet, you're necessarily constrained to treating presumptively. Roundworms can be addressed with over the counter piperazine (Wazine, e.g.). Coccidia can be addressed with over the counter amprolium (Corid, e.g.). A bacterial infection can be addressed with over the counter tylosin in the form of Tylan-50 which you can give intramuscularly at a dose of 20-30 mg/lb daily for 5-7 days or the injectable solution can be given directly into the beak at the same dose. All of these drugs should be available in your local feed store.

Please respond with additional information and further questions or concerns if you wish.

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