Originally Posted by chicksdontmeow
So watery stool has been fixed, for the most part. Occasionally their stool is wetter than normal which still leaves little bits of poop clumped to their butts. It's the same two chicks that had the poopy butts a couple days ago that I cleaned up. Water has been just regular distilled water since this happened. Should I give them (and the other chicks) a bit of yogurt to see if that helps? What about dust bathing? I've caught a few of them attempting to dust bathe in their bedding so maybe it's time to get some sand for it? Should I get electrolytes? They're all just as active as everyone else and don't seem dehydrated or lethargic. It's just the problem of being clean that these two chicks can't seem to figure out.
About 1 out of every 8-10 poops will be a loose/wet poop, this is cecal poop. It is generally sticky, stinky and a varying color of brown with some white urates mixed in. Some chicks seem to have more fluff than others and cecal poop does stick to it more readily. I have found a couple of my "extra fluffy" pullets benefit from a little trim now and again.
You can mix a little yogurt into their chick starter I'm sure they would like it. Most chicks (and older birds) like moist food. Electrolytes won't hurt if you feel like you want to give them some.
Distilled water is ok, but IMO you really need to be using water that they will be drinking for their lifetime. Making things a bit too "sterile" will not benefit them in the long run. Chickens scratch in the dirt, eat things you really probably don't want to know about so the faster and more efficiently you can introduce them to the everyday environment they will be living in the better.
It never hurts to let them have a dust bathing area in the brooder, they will love it. (My opinion again) sand is good, I would add a bit of soil from a few different sources from their run/yard, this way they are starting to have an introduction to, again, what they will encounter in their environment. Little ones love to dust bath, sit on a stick, etc.
It sounds like you are doing great...take a deep breath and enjoy them, they will be grown up in no time
Here's a helpful poop chart http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=17568.0