Hello. Acquired layers 3.5 months - often diarrhea. In the coop clean, dry, warm. What could be the problem? Thank. (Michael)
Hello Michael. In general, the phenomenon of diarrhea in chickens is quite common. Even if all the rules of keeping and feeding are observed, one or several hens may occasionally have loose stools. But this is more true of those chickens that have a free walking yard or playground. Often the bird can pick something up from the ground, resulting in diarrhea.
As for your situation, there may be several reasons for this phenomenon. Let's try to sort them out in more detail. Evaluate each of them and compare with your farm, as you didn’t clarify some important points in your question.
You write that you purchased layers, but did not specify where and from whom you purchased. And this fact is very important, as the bird, like any living creature, quickly gets used to the conditions of detention. If your chickens used to live in a poultry farm, then, most likely, they received special production feed. Changing the diet and the feed itself in a new place can cause indigestion. In such cases, the previous owner takes the daily ration of birds and is gradually transferred to a new one.
This factor is very closely related to the previous one. It is important to know how the bird lived with the previous owner. For example, if chickens were purchased at a poultry farm, then they hardly had free access to walks. Maximum, it was a pavilion or a cage. Therefore, if your laying hens got access to the street, they will instinctively pick up from the ground everything you like. This often leads to diarrhea.
Stress after moving
Chickens, oddly enough it sounds, very susceptible poultry. They do not tolerate a change of ownership, home, former regime and so on. Simply from all the new they are under stress. And this is also a very common cause of diarrhea and loss of appetite. As a rule, this phenomenon itself goes away after a short time (3-7 days).
Despite all of the above, it is always worth remembering that a banal phenomenon like diarrhea can be a signal of a serious infectious disease. Often this is due to non-compliance with the cleanliness and hygiene of not only the house, but also a walking yard. The bird may appear worms and other parasites, infections. Sometimes it causes a cold with diarrhea.
Since you write that in your hen house is clean and dry, I tend most of all to the first two reasons. Observe your bird, if there are no other visible symptoms of the disease, then do not worry. Give the layers instead of water oatmeal or rice water, drink the infusion of chamomile and nettle, and a few days, let’s decorate the garnet peel (1:10).
From medicines can help children Biseptol 1/8 pill twice a day. And also chloramphenicol is suitable - 3-5 tablets per 500 ml of water. The course of such therapy to continue for five days.