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Greenish/Brown Diarrhea in my chickens

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I am very new to chicken farming.  I had a friend give me 9 chickens because he decided to move and couldn't take his chickens with him.  I have no idea how old these chickens are.  There was originally 6 New Hampshire Reds, and 3 Black & White speckled(No idea what kind).  One the the reds had a superiority complex and would peck the other chickens and crush their eggs so I had to put her down.  Shortly there after, another one of the Reds got sick and died mysteriously, no sickness shown before hand.  Of the 7 left, I normally get on average 2 eggs per day.  And 3 of the birds seem to have a greenish diarrhea.  They all seem to be eating and drinking ok.  I feed them FRM's Laying Mash along with kitchen scraps, (ie cabbage, lettuce, celery, potato peelings, and stale bread).  I also add a small portion of oyster shells to the feeders, and was giving them crushed corn.  However they stopped eating the corn once I started giving them the kitchen scraps.  As I said before, I'm new to chicken farming, but it seems that 7 chickens should be giving more than 2 eggs per day, and the green slimy poop is abnormal.  Otherwise they seem to be doing fine.  Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

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Welcome to BYC!

 

Do you have photos of the chickens, maybe we can help you identify the breed.

Some hens will quit laying due to stress of being in a new environment, etc.

Do they free range - is it possible they are laying their eggs under the bushes (hiding their eggs)?

The poo may be from the vegetables, can you post a pic of that as well?

Were all the hens laying eggs before you got them?

 

Here's a poop chart that may help:

http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=17568.0


Edited by Wyorp Rock - 4/5/16 at 9:52pm
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