Chick with consistently loose droppings

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Dayrel, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. Dayrel

    Dayrel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Situation: I am a new chicken owner and have three chicks currently in a brooder. One of them (an Australorp- 1 1/2 weeks old) has consistently loose/watery droppings. It appears to be just as active as the others and is feeding and growing fine. She is feathering-in more slowly than her mates (a RIR and Barred Rock), but I'm not sure that is a problem.

    Food/Water: I've been supplementing their water with apple cider vinegar and probiotic powder. I'm feeding them non-medicated, organic chick crumbles. In the last three days, I've been offering them some dried meal worms and greens (lemon balm) and this chick appears to be the least interested in them.

    Any thoughts on what might be causing this and how I might be able to treat it?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would stop feeding probiotic and only feed her chick starter. And maybe some egg yolk boiled. Or scrambled egg.
     
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  3. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2.What ratio are you giving them apple cider vinegar?Too much can cause diarrhea.
     
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  4. Dayrel

    Dayrel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you both for your suggestions. I'm going with straight water now. I can't believe their reaction to egg yolks. They were three cheeping piranhas around that stuff. I'll keep an eye on things and hopefully it will straighten out soon.
     
  5. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Egg Grower Premium Member Project Manager

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    How are you chicks doing?
     
  6. Dayrel

    Dayrel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are doing quite well now. Thanks for asking. The loose droppings quickly cleared up after I removed ACV. I've recently switched my three girls from starter crumbles to fermented starter crumbles and they are doing well on it. Everyone seems to be happy, healthy, and growing well. :)
     
  7. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Egg Grower Premium Member Project Manager

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    Great!
    I am a huge fan of FF.
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