First Adult Molt - Diarhhea?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Farmgirl1878, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. Farmgirl1878

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    My girls were hatched on 16 July 2018 and we are all going through their first adult molt. The weather has been awful, nights in the teens, days in the twenties and low thirties, and cloudy. Plus, the hawks and eagles have been hanging around the area. They are sometimes very skittish when I let them out in the yard for a little supervised free range time.

    No change in feed, except for some BOSS or mealworm treats. The coop and run are weather-tight and as predator-proof as possible. No new flockmates, no one’s broody - pretty much normal except for the molt, the danged raptors, and Mother Nature.

    The girls are a little crabby, but not lethargic. No pale combs or wattles. No nasal discharge or other signs of illness, but several girls do have liquid poop. It’s not frothy, the smell is the same as usual, it’s just really loose and watery. (Their cecal poops are all normal.) I’d post a pic, but they’re on sand, so it just looks like a wet spot with some solid poop mixed in.

    They’re all behaving normally (though I know they’re cold in the morning) and eating like stevedores. They’re drinking plenty, but not more than normal. No one has laid an egg for a week, including the Wyandotte pullet who was hatched on 23 May of this year.

    The only thing I can think of is that I switched from their plastic “summer” waterers to the metal “winter” waterers. Or it’s just the molt. Any advice?
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  2. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    If you're lacing the drinking water in the metal waterers with ACV, that could be a problem as it corrodes metal. But you're probably aware of that.

    My chickens get watery poop and other strange forms during molt. Not knowing for a fact, but it's likely due to their fluctuation in appetite during molt. Some chickens get so off their feed they drastically drop weight. Poop may be reflecting this.

    Try feeding poop firming things such as grated raw carrots and occasionally, cooked rice.
     
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  3. Farmgirl1878

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    I'll try the carrots! I want to drop by Walmart today and pick up a large suet feeder for the chickens so I can put leftover veggies and such in there.

    And nope, nothing but water goes in the metal cans... I don't add vinegar, even when I'm using the plastic waterers.
     
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  4. chrissynemetz

    chrissynemetz I want a hippopotamus for Christmas

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    I've noticed in the past that some of my chickens have a rough time during molt. They'll lose interest in food and spend most of their time roosting or just sitting around. And these particular ones usually have runny poo during this time. I always assumed it had to do with them eating so little, but if yours are still eating good... I don't know? :confused:
     
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    They still seem to be eating like stevedores, and their poop is slowly getting firmer. I think you guys are right in that it's just the stress of their first molt. Now that the weather is a little warmer, they're not quite so apt to sit around all fluffed up and complaining, so that's another plus! They've spent a little time outside the run, eating grass and scratching through the leaves. Now if I could convince the hawks and eagles that they're not delicious treats, we'd all be much happier... except maybe the hawks and eagles.
     
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    chrissynemetz I want a hippopotamus for Christmas

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    I'm glad they seem to be feeling better. :)
    It seems like this time of year EVERYTHING thinks a chicken dinner sounds good :barnie
     
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    They ate a little bit of the shredded carrots tonight. Once they got used to them in the food pan, they seemed to like them. Thanks for the suggestion @azygous!
     
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