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Old hens with "water bottom"

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I've taken in two 4-5yr. old girls, a RIR & a Buckeye. They came from a good,clean, local home. I wanted to "warm the nest" before my chicks arrive in May. It's been 6 months since a predator killed my flock. The new/old girls are settling in fine, this is only their second night but they both have what I call water bottom, like duck poop. Their vents are in constant motion even when nothing is coming out. Anyone have an idea? Should I be concerned for the chicks? What can I do?
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I would have never brought them into what was a clean site. There are many causes of watery droppings, I would try posting in the disease forum, they may be able to give you an idea over there. Personally I would cull them and wait for your fresh chicks. You don't need to start out with introducing diseases.

Otherwise if you wish to keep them I wouldn't put them anywhere you plan to keep your chicks. After they mature a bit they might be able to handle anything the old birds are carrying.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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