Need feed with probiotics, now pooping brown

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jae, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Jae

    Jae In the Brooder

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    I was feeding my chicks 24 protein starter for a week. Then I learned 24 will grow them too quickly for being egg layers and to feed them 18 to 20 instead.
    So at the 1 week mark they were 2 weeks old, I started a lower starter feed. This one has probiotics unlike the other feed.
    It has been 4 days since the switch. One or more of my chicks is now pooping brown poop, I read the C poo is normal. Forgetting name, sorry.
    But they were not doing this on the old food, they are indoor only and this is new. Holy wow it stinks. Which o read is also normal but I read this C poop is from birds eating woodsy foods.
    Mine are only on chick starter.
    What is happening here!? Anyone care to educate me a bit? Appreciate it. Thank you
     
  2. FeatherMtnFarms

    FeatherMtnFarms Songster

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    The probiotics might be what is making it smell more than the old stuff. Did you do a gradual switch? Not just one day having on food and another the next?
     
  3. NineChickens

    NineChickens Chirping

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    As she said, if new food is switched over too fast it usually causes stomach problems with most animals.
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Is the feed itself a different color?
    Cecal poops happen regardless of feed.
    As long as they are eating-drinking-pooping and active don't worry too much about poop color.
    There's very wide range of 'normal' poops.
    If you see something that concerns you, take pic of it with a coin in the pic for scale.

    Good visual references for all kinds of poops,
    just don't jump to any terrible conclusions too quickly:
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/02/whats-scoop-on-chicken-poop-digestive.html
    http://chat.allotment-garden.org/?topic=17568.0
     

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