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Watery poo

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by azygous, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    I brought four two-day old hatchery chicks home last week, (five days old now) and from the start, one or two have had very watery poo. This isn't the first batch of chicks I've raised, and I haven't experience such watery consistency in poo from youngsters before.

    They are otherwise normal. Active, eating well, drinking, and sleeping at regular intervals. None appears to be lethargic.

    They're getting medicated chick starter, and water with vitamins added, with a drop of ACV.

    Is this something I need to be alarmed about? What can I do about it?
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011
  2. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
  3. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    I'm familiar with that poo chart. And then there's several years' worth of raking up chicken poo from the older ones. This is baby poo, kind of yellow, and very watery. Maybe it's that they're drinking a lot of water? They let me know that the normal 95 degrees for a first week brooder was too warm, so they're at a balmy 80-85 and acting like it's optimal. So they can't be too hot.

    Maybe I worry too much.
  4. lroth217

    lroth217 Out Of The Brooder

    May 29, 2011
    Lemont, IL
    In my opinion, I would take the ACV and the vitamins out of the water for now. They should have all they need in their feed and you don't want to overload their systems with vitamins they don't need.

    Electrolytes like Sav-a-Chick or Quik Chik would be okay in the water for about a week then I would watch and see if their poo gets more solid and then stop that too. Maybe add it to their water once a week for a few more weeks after that. Usually the electrolytes are to help with shipping stress and since yours weren't shipped it probably isn't necessary, but with the watery poo it might not be a bad idea.

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