Chicks With Diarrhea

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lolliegee, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. Lolliegee

    Lolliegee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've noticed that a few of my chicks have diarrhea...2 1/2 weeks old, on non-medicated chick starter, and a little grit. Any thoughts on what to do? Besides, their health, the smell is much worse. [​IMG]
     
  2. debakadeb

    debakadeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would go to the feed store and ask them questions...and get some electrolytes to put in their water. They will give you instructions for the mixing.
     
  3. tim_TX

    tim_TX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not count on the feed store for answers, unless they sell baby chicks, or at least raise them. The electrolytes are easy, simply convert to 1 gallon or 1/4 that for a quart jar waterer. The ratios are pretty simple math even if the directions are for 100 gallons. You might need a small weight scale if you want to be exact, but exact isn't nearly as important for electrolytes as it is for antibiotics and such. For example if the package is for 100 gallon [ common with multi species mixes; cattle, .... poultry] , and weighs 12 ounces, then for 1 gallon it is 12/100 = .12 oz (about 3 grams).

    Personally, I'd just add a couple of tablespoons/gallon and be done with it. That and making sure that I kept the litter and equipment very very clean.
     
  4. birdbrain2

    birdbrain2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    electrolytes will make more diarrhea. i would look into medicated feed.
    are you feeding treats?

    ***newbie advice alert**** [​IMG]
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Are you sure it's not cecal poo? Happens about every 6 to 8 stools and is normal.
    Click here to see what cecal poo looks like:

    http://www.chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=17568.0

    ETA: If you are not giving treats (other than yogurt or cooked egg) they don't need the grit.
     
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  6. Lolliegee

    Lolliegee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't do the medicated, because I'm brooding my ducklings and chicks together. As for treats, I've given them a little apple. I'm pretty sure it's not cecal (though thanks for the link, it was helpful). It definitely isn't all of them, maybe 2 or 3. Any other thoughts? [​IMG]
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    If they were mine I would cut out all treats and only offer chick starter and water and see if it clears up.
     
  8. Lolliegee

    Lolliegee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the advice...I think I may know what caused it. I had put a branch in the brooder for them and it had moss on it...They (and the ducklings) have all eaten the moss. I think they may be what caused it. It seems to be clearing up now that the moss is gone. [​IMG]
     

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