Bowel Trouble In Chicks

What is the cause of bowel trouble in young chicks, and what to do for


Bowel trouble in very young chicks is usually caused by a chill. It is

very hard for us here to believe chicks get chilled because, not feeling

the cold ourselves, we forget that chicks have really undergone a

violent change from incubator to the outside atmosphere. In the Eastern

States, great care is exercised in moving chicks from incubator to

brooder oven, and also in seeing that the brooder itself is warm and fit

to receive the chicks. But we are, as a rule, very careless in these

little matters and the chicks feel the change and suffer from bowel

trouble. Sometimes, of course, the trouble may be traced to the food,

but more often it comes from a chill. The best way to cure it is to

remove the chicks to new ground at once, or if in a brooder, clean it

out well and spray with some disinfectant. Boil all the water that is

given to the chicks and feed boiled rice once or twice a day in which a

little cinnamon is mixed. Do not put in too much or they will not eat

it, keep all meat away and just feed dry chick feed and boiled rice. No

oatmeal or any other cereal but the rice; if chicks won't eat it, feed

dry chick feed and boiled water and a little lettuce.

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