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Diarrhea in chickens: what to do and how to treat?

Updated: Nov 10, 2019

Diarrhea is a fairly common problem in chickens. Many owners sometimes do not even pay attention to such a symptom, thinking that their bird ate something bad. In part it is, because diarrhea is often the result of poor quality foods. However, it can also be caused by a serious infection. As in such cases, diarrhea manifests itself in chickens, what to do with them, let's see together.


The most important thing to combat a problem such as diarrhea in chickens is the correct determination of the cause.

Only after that can it be taken for treatment. As we have said, the main causes of diarrhea are infections and poor diet.

As for the first option, when confirming the diagnosis, only the veterinarian can prescribe the treatment.

In the second case, the bird can be treated independently. However, this is not a complete list of what can cause diarrhea.

Consider all cases in more detail.

Many owners, when they detect diarrhea in a chicken, begin to treat it immediately with all kinds of medications and pills. We do not advise you to do so until you have decided the cause of the disease.

One thing is if it is food and if something else?

For example, banal stress, which can also cause intestinal relaxation. Chicken can fall off the hanger and get stressed. It is clear that in this case, she does not need medicine, only peace and time.

You should also think that you could eat a chicken and if there are similar symptoms in other members of the package due to feeding. In this case, it is necessary to eliminate grain or poor quality food from the diet.

Remember that a chicken is a vulnerable being and cannot simply fill it with pills.

If, in addition to diarrhea, there are other symptoms that indicate an infectious disease of the bird, it should be shown to the veterinarian for further treatment purposes.

Often, diarrhea is due to the common cold, for example, in the fall in a damp room. In this case, the bird must be placed under the heating lamp and insulate the chicken coop.

Fighting methods

What to do if there is diarrhea in chickens? You identified the cause, it is not an infection, but the disease itself did not disappear after two or three days of resting chicken. In this case:

It is necessary to provide the bird with an abundant drink, but the water must be replaced with oatmeal or rice water.

As an astringent, an infusion of pomegranates or quince husks is also used.

Today, there are a large number of drugs that not only fight against the disorder itself, but also with the cause, for example, of absorbing harmful toxins from food.

From the available means biseptol tablets for children, chloramphenicol can be administered. To disinfect the intestines before astringent infusions, it is important that the chicken give a solution of potassium permanganate.

If the bird has diarrhea and often does not eat well, it can be gastritis. In this case, it is important to contact a veterinarian and feed the bird with the boiled yolk.

If diarrhea has occurred in an individual of the entire flock, it should be transplanted into a clean and disinfected room or cage.

In this case, the infection will not spread to other layers. If the diarrhea is caused by poisoning due to poor quality of food (the bird can eat some of the soil itself), then it is also important to administer an absorbent substance: coal or regular pharmaceutical ash.

In summer, diarrhea may be green due to an excess of succulent feeding. In this case, you should reduce the dose of grass in the diet of the hens and add more fiber.


So, there is diarrhea, and if the reason is clear, we begin treatment:

Sick bird that we separate from the rest of the pack.

We give coal or ashes with food.

Drink manganese or oatmeal solution, rice water.

We give biseptol, chloramphenicol.

As a rule, after such therapy, common diarrhea disappears within a couple of days.

Curative medications can also be replaced by probiotics for animals: Emprobio or Flosan.

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