- May 31, 2016
I have a 4 year old Production Red - a rescue bird that becomes a house chicken every year due to her bad molts. Honestly, she will come in as soon as she starts to feel poorly, a month or so later, she voluntarily returns to the coop - all feathers gorgeous and thick, and starts throwing her weight around in the small flock! This year, she has light yellow diarrhea. I felt it was from giver her too much canned corn (Our favorite and hers!) Just to be sure, I brought her to the vet for a checkup with a fecal sample. Vet gave her a clean bill of health -her weight was the same as last year, and fecal sample came back negative for worms and infection/bacteria. CONCLUSION: we are giving her too much people food. I have to admit, she begs worse than a dog and is hard to refuse when we are eating. For the past 2 days have limited her to Nutrena grain, (my chickens' main source of nutrition in winter) with mealworms and 7-grain scratch as a treat - but she is still passing light yellow, watery stool most of the time - with a semi-formed stool once or twice a day. I am wondering - is there a quick cure for diarrhea when nothing else seems to be wrong? She is not lethargic and has NEVER stopped eating. She eats more than any chicken I have ever owned. I bought some plain yogurt - but need to mix it in something - she won't touch it as found. I read an old cure was bran flakes and buttermilk. Has anyone tried that?