Old hens with "water bottom"

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Jemezhens, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. Jemezhens

    Jemezhens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2015
    Jemez Springs, NM
    I've taken in two 4-5yr. old girls, a RIR & a Buckeye. They came from a good,clean, local home. I wanted to "warm the nest" before my chicks arrive in May. It's been 6 months since a predator killed my flock. The new/old girls are settling in fine, this is only their second night but they both have what I call water bottom, like duck poop. Their vents are in constant motion even when nothing is coming out. Anyone have an idea? Should I be concerned for the chicks? What can I do?
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Shazam Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I would have never brought them into what was a clean site. There are many causes of watery droppings, I would try posting in the disease forum, they may be able to give you an idea over there. Personally I would cull them and wait for your fresh chicks. You don't need to start out with introducing diseases.

    Otherwise if you wish to keep them I wouldn't put them anywhere you plan to keep your chicks. After they mature a bit they might be able to handle anything the old birds are carrying.

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