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So I recently introduced 4 new hens (about 7 months old) who just started laying with my 5 other hens (about 9 months old). All in all, things are going well.  That said, I have been noticing some odd color droppings and have had 4 soft shell eggs in the last 3 days. Due to where these were found, I believe them to be from the younger hens, though I can't way with 100% confidence.  Any insights are welcome, I am a nervous chicken owner :)

 

Some important details:

• The Hens:

   • The younger girls are 3 Barred Plymouth Rocks, who look to me to be healthy, and 1 Red "Cinnamon" Sex Link, who seems a bit underweight. That said, I have never owned a Sex link so I don't know their normal size.

   • They just went through their first molt.

   • I believe I saw this color droppings once or twice before introducing them, and I did find two soft eggs.

• The Food:

   • Organic Lay Crumbles, free choice

   • Organic Scratch, maybe two handfuls per day

   • Dried Meal Worms, about one handful per day

   • Purina Flock Block, free choice

   • Oyster shells, 1/4 cup scattered per day

   • Water, Two large dispensers always full

   • Natural Chicken Wormer, mixed in crumbles per directions

   • Random scraps, off the top of my head I can think of: Broccoli, mushrooms, cantaloupe, bananas, and bread

 

The droppings:

 

One of the eggs:

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One note, while kept very much separate, my goats did recently just go through a bought of coccidiosis. So of course that is one of my primary concerns.

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The guaranteed analysis tag that is supposed to come on every bag of animal feed would be nice to see.

 

The poops do look coccidosisey to me.  There is also a good chance that internal parasites are to blame but Coccidosis is in and of its self an internal parasite. 

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@RedTailRanch  , what natural chicken wormer?
 
-Kathy
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One note, while kept very much separate, my goats did recently just go through a bought of coccidiosis. So of course that is one of my primary concerns.

Chickens can't get coccidiosis from goats, but no harm in treating the chickens with something like amprolium (Corid, Amprol or AmproMed).

 

-Kathy

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Thank you for the reply! I just put them on some Rooster Booster Triple Action Wormer. I started giving it to them on Monday.

 

http://www.mypetchicken.com/catalog/Chicken-Health/Rooster-Booster-Triple-Action-Multi-Wormer-p1399.aspx

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Thank you for the reply! I just put them on some Rooster Booster Triple Action Wormer. I started giving it to them on Monday.

 

http://www.mypetchicken.com/catalog/Chicken-Health/Rooster-Booster-Triple-Action-Multi-Wormer-p1399.aspx

I don't know much about that one or how effective it is. Can you take a poop sample to a vet and have them check it for worm eggs, coccidia and bacteria?

 

-Kathy

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