Molting hen having a hard time pooping.

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  1. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a older hen that is almost through her molt.I noticed a few weeks ago she was having a hard tine pooping.when she did it was little and hard.I mixed in some molasses in their water
    as I had read that would help.I see very little poo if any where she roost at night. I did my molasses and water mix again this morning. I thought maybe the grower feed I switch them to when they started their molt. May be the cause. I took them off of that and started them on flock raiser. I still see no difference. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    She may need more fluids if she is not drinking well. Sometimes I will mix a little plain yogurt (for probiotics and taste) with dry feed, and pour in a lot of water to make a thin mixture. Most of my chickens dive into it. You could also try a 1/2 tsp of either castor oil or mineral oil, but you might give the molasses some time first.
     
  3. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you.I will try the yogurt. in the feed.I occasionally give them yogurt and they gobble it down.
     

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