I need some help here, folks. Two days ago I noticed an otherwise normal looking stool with blood in it. I haven't seen this since these girls were chicks symptomatic with coccidiosis. As I avoid the use of antibiotics (unless necessary, obviously) I started treating them to an oatmeal mash with some slippery elm and powdered kelp in it. Today, I noticed another stool with blood in it; but now it is just sort of pinpoints of red. One of my Dorkings and one of my Minorcas have obvious diarrhea (the fluffy bums have residue on them and the Dorking looks like she has an actual bowel movement on the outside of her bum - bum is still visible and clean, though). Today, I'm putting some garlic in the oatmeal mash as well as the slippery elm and kelp. Any ideas as to what might be causing this - the blood. The diarrhea doesn't concern me so much as feeding them garlic clears that up VERY quickly. (And no, I don't notice a difference in the smell or taste of the eggs). The blood does concern me, though. Any thoughts or ideas. I'm open to whatever anyone has to offer. Thanks. OH! On a sidenote here, occassionally we get an egg that has a slight smear of what looks (to me, anyway) like blood. It's only within the last month or so that we've been getting all 8 hens laying pretty consistently. I don't know if that helps; but I thought I'd put it in.