Is diarhhea in baby chicks pretty normal?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by EurekaSouth, Apr 1, 2007.

  1. EurekaSouth

    EurekaSouth Chirping

    My baby chicks have diarrhea. It's only some of them, but is it anything to worry about? I just noticed it last night, so it hasn't been going on long.....
    Wondering.......hope it's nothing.....
  2. Maryanne

    Maryanne In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    One of my babies has this too. It's chocolate syrupy(gross I know).
    Is she okay?
  3. MTchick

    MTchick Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Western Montana
    Depending on what exactly is going on, you may just be mistaking a normal, but yucky, bowel movement that is made of a sticky stinky dark or medium brown fluid called "cecal fluid." Keep an eye on them- if they are all doing this once every 5th or so poo, it is normal and healthy. It is part of their digestive process.

    I thought it was diarrhea at first too, but then I read a bunch on this forum and discovered that it is just part of their waste removal cycle.

    Now, if a single chick is doing this all the time, that is different.

  4. potpie32

    potpie32 Hatching

    Apr 2, 2007
    Hello! I am a brand new member, and this subject is what led me here. I was Googling trying to find out why a baby chick might have diarrhea. I have two chicks, just purchased last Wednesday. Friday, they got caught in the rain and chilled pretty bad. One of my chicks developed the diarrhea the next day. What can I do to help?
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2007

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