3 week old Araucanas/Americanas with diarrhea

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kelticlady, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. Kelticlady

    Kelticlady Hatching

    Feb 24, 2009

    I am new here and new at raising chicks. [​IMG] I have 4 Araucanas/Americanas chicks that are 3 weeks old. While I was cleaning the cage this morning, I noticed that one of the chicks is having diarrhea. It is dark brown or rusty in color and smells a lot more than the regular droppings. I think it is only one chick but it might be two. I have no idea how many or how to know which one it is. I also need to know what to do about it! I am feeding them Purina Start and Grow only. I change their water once or twice a day, whenever it looks dirty or has something in it. I also keep the cage and food very clean.

    Thanks in advance for any help you might have.

  2. chicklady63

    chicklady63 Songster

    Feb 10, 2009
    I've heard a little apple cider vinegar in their drinking water helps. I add it to all my birds' water (chicks and adults). They don't seem to mind the taste and drink it well. It helps keep them free of parasites too. I don't really measure just "eyeball" it, but maybe use a tablespoon in a gallon of water.
    I do this with my dogs too (and myself sometimes).[​IMG]
    Good luck!!
  3. mirecipes

    mirecipes Songster

    Sep 5, 2008
    I hear yogurt is good for chickens too [​IMG]
    There's even a thread here on BYC on how to make your own..
    My gals love it [​IMG]
  4. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    They should be fine. It sounds like the cecal poo. It is about every 6 poos they do a cecal poo which is brown and runny and very smelly. I know when I walk into my coop if a hen just did one and I look around and sure enough. There it is! They only do this once in a while to clear the intestinal tract I believe. It is perfectly normal.

    Oh, and welcome to BYC. You will learn so much here. It is a great place.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2009

  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Welcome! I think you've just experienced cecal poo! A good reason to not let the chicks learn to jump up on you, the last thing you want before heading to work is a cecal poo foot print stamp on your shoulder.
  6. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Not a good way to start the day!
  7. Kelticlady

    Kelticlady Hatching

    Feb 24, 2009
    Thanks so much everyone for your help! I am pleased to find out that I shouldn't have to take the chicks to the vet. I will however try the vinegar and or yogurt in the future. Again, thanks for your help![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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