Originally Posted by amanda1
Thank you light Chick! Those two posts were helpful! I spent so many hours trying to find posts that sounded like our issue, and you found them for me! I got some probiotics in gel form from the pet store yesterday, but it is impossible to get it to her mouth! I'm afraid of hurting her. The ACV seemed to reduce the smell slightly, but there has been no additional improvement since. It's been 7 days with the ACV now. I had also tried to get her to eat yogurt, but unsuccessfully. The post about putting yogurt in the water was helpful. I think I will try that next. I was told to only administer the probiotics as directed otherwise it could reduce the effectiveness of them.
Glad I could help! Is there any treat that your chicks really love? My chicks love egg yolk and they'd eat plain yogurt, so if you could mix the probiotic with their favorite treat and get it in to her that way that'd probably be the best way. If you don't feed anything other then chick starter then you could try fermenting the chick starter. I just add water and ACV or yogurt and let it sit overnight. I can't remember exactly how much water I add because I haven't done it in a while, but basically just enough water to cover the feed slightly after the feed has absorbed all the water it can hold. Make sure you don't close the lid on the container or else it might blow up! Hope this helps!
It takes a little while for them to get used to, but once they try it they usually prefer it to the dry stuff.
Here's a couple links on fermenting feed if you're interested!