I have 6 new chicks, we bought them at the beginning of May. One white rock has always been much bigger than the others, but not neccessarily more mature. In the last few days, the others have been picking her feathers, and after isolating her today, I noticed she has green runny poop. She doesn't move around too much right now, but it has been pretty hot lately. What can I do to get her health on track?
Pet's Gender: Female
Pet's Age: <1
Type of Animal: cicken
Name of Animal: princess
The other hens are probably picking at her feathers because they can see she's under the weather and are using this opportunity to bully her-hens are like that!.
The first thing i'd advise doing, if you've not done it yet, is worming all the hens- when a worm infestation occurs (intestinal worms) you often notice it in one bird first, as all birds will have different degrees of worm burden, and some won't be clinically affected, intestinal worms are one of the most common issues in free range backyard poultry- so a 7 day worming course with in feed 'Flubendazole' (Flubenvet) will make sure worms are not an issue. You should be able to obtain that at a game bird supplier or agricultural merchants
If the worming doesn't help- then there are other infectious agents that could be the cause of the diarrhea, including coccidiosis and bacterial disease. So if the worming has no affect, then taking her to your vet for a faecal analysis, would be the best course of action.
bvm&s mrcvs 15 years as a companion animal veterinarian