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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have lost a couple chickens from having poopy butts and

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I have lost a couple chickens from having poopy butts and they just stay in one place...what is wrong with them?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. I'm afraid I can't be too specific for you because diarrhea ("poppy butts") in chickens can result from gastrointestinal parasitism in the form of worms, coccidia, bacterial and viral infections of the GI tract as well as respiratory infections that eventually affect the GI tract, and dietary imbalances. Ideally, an avian vet (please see here: will initially perform a fecal ova and parasite exam and then treat specifically for any parasites found. If none are found, a thorough physical exam including blood tests and cultures of the cloaca (vent) may be recommended.

If you don't have an avian vet available to you, presumptive worming with Wazine (piperazine) and anticoccidial treatment with Corid (amprolium) is reasonable for your entire flock. Please let me know if they already are on a regular worming/anticoccidial program. Presumptive antibiotic therapy should be avoided until a specific bacterial infection is identified through testing. Wazine and Corid are found in your local feed store.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.