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Sick Chickens Maybe??????
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Jan/Tx    Posted 06-16-2003 at 04:39:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just notice that 1 of my chickens (don't know which one) has diahhrea while cleaning out the hen house. I just got 6 production reds about a week ago that are 16-17 wks. old. I've been very diligent in feeding them the right food (against my mother-n-laws advice, she thinks you can feed chickens anything!!!)I do feed them bread, raw vegetables,ie.,carrots,celery,lettuce,etc.. I have 12 older hens that are approx. 9-10 months old.I've read the book "Raising Chickens" and cannot determine if I have a problem or not!!! Should I be concern??? The older hens combs, wattles are all rosey red, however, the productions reds combs and wattles are not fully developed (so far they are not rosey red)Do I have a problem??? Help !!!

Tom A    Posted 06-16-2003 at 04:55:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hard to say, but I'd think not...just keep a really close eye on them for other changes in behavior like they sleep a lot or just don't "look right." Sounds like you've had them long enough to have a feel for that.

Some of our hens regularly have "loose stools" and they've been healthy for years. Seems to depend on what they eat. We free range them, along with free choice layer ration and some leftovers (just about the same stuff you feed them). Seems like their stools will get runny when they're out after we've had lots of rain so I've never been sure if it is from eating more worms or what, but never had a problem with them. Loose stools *can* be indicative of problems, though, so just keep an eye on 'em and holler if something else changes in their behavior.


Spotson eggs?    Posted 06-16-2003 at 05:01:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
My chickens eggs are flecked with little tiny red bumps-looks like dried blood. Any idea what casues this? It does wash off with a bit of scrubbing.

Tom A    Posted 06-16-2003 at 09:33:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm guessing you've got brown eggs? Many of mine are the same way, I always figured it was just pigment that didn't get incorporated into the shells. I don't think it is anything to worry about.


Scott    Posted 06-16-2003 at 06:55:33       [Reply]  [No Email]

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