Originally Posted by debbobbytla2010
I need help. One of my chicks has diarrhea and another on has loose poop. What could it be and what can I do? They are one chick feed the starter/grower one and a few cheerios.
Chicks will produce a loose very stinky poop several times a day normally...these are called "cecal poops" because they come from the paired ceca (bacterial fermentation happens in them). So, if your chicks are having normal poops interspersed with these diarrhea-like poops, it may be normal.
Stress of any kind can throw their digestive systems out of whack. So make sure that the temperature isn't too hot/cold, that they are not handled excessively, etc. and so forth. A healthy population of good bacteria in their gut can help them weather stresses and unfamiliar foods. Adding a probiotic to their water can provide these bacteria.
If you are noticing blood in the poops, it is worth treating with amprolium for coccidiosis. They build up natural immunity to this parasite as they mature, but occasionally will need some help with overgrowths when they are young as their immune systems are still developing.