New to BYC with two sweet Barred Rocks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Tiffany42, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. Tiffany42

    Tiffany42 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 7, 2017
    Chapel Hill Nc
    I am new to BYC as well as a new Chicken mommy. My girls are now 1 year and I got them when they were 13 weeks or so. Thankfully I have been lucky with healthy girls and learning as I go. My girls are not like most chickens as I've been told by other chickens mommies. They won't eat any fruit, corn, oatmeal, yogurt etc. I buy layered pellets from my feed store and bags of premium bird seed with nuts and fruit that they love and I also give them meal worms. They do forage all day and only go to the coop/run at night for safety. I think they get enough protein to eat so I'm at a loss why Pita is losing feathers and has slightly runny brown poop that smells awful. I know my girls and I know something if off but can't figure out what. Today I put acv in the water and I'm know it's not vent gleet as her bottom is clean and she's not losing feathers at the bottom. My other br sparkles is the dominant one so I thought she was getting bullied but once I seen the nasty poop today I know that's not the case. I checked for lice/mites and I see none. Should I deworm or check for cocci? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks so much
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  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! Is she showing any other symptoms of sickness or is it just the nasty poop? Could they have foraged in something and over done themselves? The feather loss could be molt which is a natural process of them growing new feathers. It could also be feather pecking from your other girls. Popping by our emergency/disease section would also be a great idea with some pics of the poop if you can ~

    Good luck and enjoy BYC :frow
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Hello from Kansas, Tiffany42, and welcome to BYC! Great to have you aboard! Yorkshire gave you some great advice so I'll just say good luck and best wishes to you!
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  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Tiffany42 [​IMG] Welcome!

    As Yorkshire Coop has suggested, Pita could be moulting, she sounds about the right age. Can you see pin feathers? I have noticed with one of my gals that during a heavy moult her poops can vary.

    I agree that if you are concerned, the Emergencies & Diseases Forum is a great place to ask questions.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  5. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

    Hello and :welcome! I hope you enjoy BYC just as much as the rest of us do! You've been given some great advice so far, so I just popped in to say 'hello!'. :) Best of luck with your girls!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  7. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Thanks for joining us!
  8. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Reading. Must read more. Premium Member Project Manager

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Welcome to, aka BYC! :frow
    We are glad you joined our flock.
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