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My Buff Orpington hen has a nasty foul smelling diarrhea lately.  Today I got a hold of her and cleaned old feces that was crusted around her vent, and also some new fresh stuff.  Two days ago when I went into the coop where she is sitting on 13 eggs, she had just gotten off them and dropped a load of what can only be described as "two month old baby poop" (being a greenish/brown pile highly reminiscent of that young stage of a child's life).  Today she shot out a stream that was sort of a greenish/clear liquid approximately 3 or 4 tablespoons.  She is alone in the coop (the others have the run area with a secondary nesting area), so she isn't being bothered by the other hens, and I have seen her down eating and drinking.  She has eaten food and cracked corn that I put onto a coffee can lid for her to eat without having to leave the nest, but quit once I figured that she'd gotten good and broody.  She didn't much appreciated the cleaning, but short of pulling out rear end feathers, I think I've gotten it relatively clean.  What can I do about the diarrhea though?  I thought about going with some boiled rice as this is what we give the dogs when they are having an issue.  She is eating Dumor layer pellets and what is called Scratch from Wal-Mart, but appears to be nothing more than cracked corn.  It is from a company in the US, so at least it isn't from China like most pet foods are at Wal-Mart.  I'd appreciate any advice you all can offer.  Thanks, Don

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My Buff Orpington hen has a nasty foul smelling diarrhea lately.  Today I got a hold of her and cleaned old feces that was crusted around her vent, and also some new fresh stuff.  Two days ago when I went into the coop where she is sitting on 13 eggs, she had just gotten off them and dropped a load of what can only be described as "two month old baby poop" (being a greenish/brown pile highly reminiscent of that young stage of a child's life).  Today she shot out a stream that was sort of a greenish/clear liquid approximately 3 or 4 tablespoons.  She is alone in the coop (the others have the run area with a secondary nesting area), so she isn't being bothered by the other hens, and I have seen her down eating and drinking.  She has eaten food and cracked corn that I put onto a coffee can lid for her to eat without having to leave the nest, but quit once I figured that she'd gotten good and broody.  She didn't much appreciated the cleaning, but short of pulling out rear end feathers, I think I've gotten it relatively clean.  What can I do about the diarrhea though?  I thought about going with some boiled rice as this is what we give the dogs when they are having an issue.  She is eating Dumor layer pellets and what is called Scratch from Wal-Mart, but appears to be nothing more than cracked corn.  It is from a company in the US, so at least it isn't from China like most pet foods are at Wal-Mart.  I'd appreciate any advice you all can offer.  Thanks, Don

All broody feces is extremely smelly. That's from holding it for 24 hours. That isn't a concern.

What is a concern is if it is liquid.

Scratch is just a treat to satisfy their need to scratch for food. Don't give it to broody hens. It is way too low in protein and deficient in vitamins/minerals.

With setters, just stick with chicken feed that is complete. She's not laying eggs so shouldn't be eating layer feed.

Preferable would be starter, grower or all flock feed.

Probiotics should help the diarrhea. I use Gro2Max for all my birds.


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 4/18/16 at 4:07pm

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Thanks.  I'll try dropping the scratch.  Just trying to us it up anyhow as it is.  Will look into the probiotics.  Will see if TSC carries it. The liquid state of today's drop really did concern me, but have noticed that a few of the hens are a little loose in the stool.  Everyone seems to be healthy and all.  A little stressed because we've got two roosters now and have had to fence off the older of the two because he has taken to trying to fight with his son every chance he gets.  Appreciate the advice. Don

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