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How to Diagnose and Treat Chicken Intestinal and Digestive Problem Through Droppings

There are many types of chicken intestinal and digestive infections like diarrhea, salmonellosis, avian malaria, pasteurellosis, worm infestations, and the deadliest and most common coccidiosis. These diseases can be diagnosed by examining their droppings (chicken waste/manure), but their appearance especially the color.

In this article, we will explore how to diagnose these diseases and recommend some drugs to treat your birds.

When the droppings are wet with some bloodstains, it is highly likely that the chicken has bloody diarrhea or coccidiosis. If the droppings are greenish then it has avian malaria. Avian malaria is carried by mosquitos infected with Plasmodium Gallenaceum.

One of the best drugs to treat avian malaria and coccidiosis is Pyristat Powder. Although Pyristat Powder is developed for gamefowls, it is also effective for any type of chicken.

Pyristat Powder is a combination of Pyrimethamine Hydrochloride, Sodium Sulfamonomethixine, and Vitamin K3 and is very potent in combating avian malaria and coccidiosis.

5 g/20 L (1 teaspoon/5 gallon) of drinking water for 2 consecutive days​

15 – 22.5 g/20 L (3 – 4.5 teaspoons/5 gallons) of drinking​ water for 3 – 4 consecutive days

When the droppings are whitish or yellowish with a strong odor, the chicken could have pasteurellosis, salmonellosis, or coccidiosis. Pasteurellosis or fowl cholera is deadly diarrhea and is very contagious. Coccidiosis is a bacteria caused by e.coli and is always infecting chicks. Salmonellosis on the other hand is caused by salmonella, a bacteria that can infect eggs and even agricultural crops like tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables. It can cause fatal bloody diarrhea in chickens.

Whether the droppings are whitish, greenish, or yellowish, give your chickens Trisullak Tablet. Trisullak is a broad-spectrum anti-bacterial for the treatment and control of systemic and respiratory infections like Chronic Respiratory Disease (CRD), Colibacillosis, Fowl Cholera, Salmonella Pullorum, and Infectious Coryza. It is developed for the prevention and treatment of Fowl Cholera, Fowl Typhoid, Salmonellosis, Mastitis, Metritis, Agalactiae, Pneumonia, and Dysentry. It is also effective against secondary infections after viral diseases and stress.

1/2 tablet/head/day for 5 – 7 daysWorms can also be deadly if not properly managed. Common worms include tapeworm, pinworm, hairworm, and roundworm. The most popular deworming drugs include Vermex, Tape Terminator, and Bastonero Plus. Follow the instructions on the dosage in the labels of these drugs but usually, make sure your birds are thirsty when administering the drugs if it is water-soluble.

Vermex can be administered orally by giving adult chickens (4 to 5 months old) half capsule every two months. For birds that are more than 6 months old, give them the whole Vermex capsule.

For chicks aged 2 to 3 months, mix 1 teaspoon of Tape Terminator into 1 gallon of water. For 4 to 5 months old, 2 teaspoons for 1 gallon of water in 2 consecutive days. Do the deworming every two months to prevent worms from coming back.

Other Drugs

Tepox 48

Tepox 48 is one of the most popular antibiotics for intestinal and digestive infections and as a breeder, you must always have Tepox 48 in hand. Anti-Diarrheal + Prevention of Coccidiosis, Trimethoprim + Sulfamethoxazole. The combination of Trimethoprim and Sulfamethoxazole is effective against:

  • Colibacillosis (Yellowish diarrhea)
  • Pullorum (Whitish diarrhea)
  • Coccidiosis (Diarrhea with blood mixture)
  • Fowl Cholera


For white, yellow, and green droppings. If the above drugs are not available, Amoxtin is the best alternative as it is a favorite by many gamefowl breeders. Amoxtin is effective for all types of chickens.Amoxtin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic combination that prevents, treats, and controls Fowls Cholera, Bacterial Enteritis in E. coli, and Salmonella infections. Also indicated for Staphylococcal and Streptococcal infections and can be used as supportive treatment in controlling secondary bacterial infections.


Give your birds Axylin if you see dark brown and black droppings with bloodstains. Axylin is created for the prevention, control, and treatment of Coccidiosis caused by Eimeria spp (E. tenella. E. necatrix , E. mivati, E. brunetti , E. acervulina. E. maxima.) Leucocytozoonosis (Avian Malaria) and other mixed infections.


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