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  1. HRJ

    Red in droppings

    I think you'll be delighted when the grit arrives As I said, they went from no interest in the grit pots to couldn't keep away! Not sure how the girls are. I am quite worried about them. I'll will be sure to post updates and hopefully all will turn out well.
  2. HRJ

    Red in droppings

    I thought I would come back on here to thank Dogmother for the recommendation of the Gourmet Grit: my lovely girls adore it ... can't stop chomping. I am hopeful that this will help their tummies. I posted the poop sample off to Westgate this morning so we shall see what comes back from that.
  3. And I ordered a classic run with the run extension in late March. (I had been given a second hand Classic but no run so just needed to buy the run.) It was due in second week in May. When it didn't arrive, I chased and chased. The extension part arrived over a week late (damaged) and the main part has never turned up! I think it's fair to say they are having production issues and major delivery issues.
  4. HRJ

    Red in droppings

    I was just out with the the hens, doing a little chatting to them, and I noticed this on the woodchips in the run. Just an isolated spot of blood, I presume. My suspect hen is also droopy tailed. It doesn't look too good, does it? Anyway, I will send off a fresh poop sample to Westgate tomorrow.
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    Red in droppings

    I have the worming kit now and will send it off tomorrow. Their verdict on the photos was that it was worth getting a worm egg count So we shall see ... In the meantime, I now have growers pellets so will switch them on to that. As they are on layers crumb at the moment, how would be the best way to introduce them to the new food? A mixture for a few days?
  6. HRJ

    Red in droppings

    Good to know. They are on only pure water now and I will stick with that for the time being. Thank you again. There was still the tiniest bit of stringy red in the overnight droppings this morning so I have sent photos to Westgate (taken over three days so they can see the change/improvement over the days). (No mucus.) I have GastroGrit arriving today!
  7. HRJ

    Red in droppings

    Thank you, Beantree. I was using a dilution of 10 ml per litre but I've just changed that to 5 ml/litre in one and fresh water in the other drinker (I have two Glug things as one came with the second hand Classic and I bought a new one). Excellent idea. Thank you again.
  8. HRJ

    Red in droppings

    Today's poop watch revealed ... no red!! (There was a tiny bit of pink but I had to hunt to find it.) There was quite a lot of undigested grass but not so much mucus so I think my ladies' guts are sorting themselves out but they probably still need more grit in their diets. (As a matter of interest, without mums to teach them these things, how do they know to eat grit?) To try to encourage them, I mixed in a little (1tbsp) corn with their grit yesterday and shook it around in an enticing manner ( 😂) and both had a little chomp of that so I'll use that technique again today. I've ordered some Gastro Grit and will keep them on the stronger mix of AVC for the rest of the week. Thank you so much for all your advice Beantree and Dogmother. It has been a wonderful reassurance to have your knowledge at my fingertips.
  9. HRJ

    Red in droppings

    Thank you Dogmother: I've just looked at the Little Feed Company's website and their Gastro-Grit looks delicious! (I loved their video showing which grit the chickens preferred ... my two are definitely not munching on the grit I have provided.) Would it be sensible to get hold of the AviPro Avian for a quick fix and then switch to the gourmet grit mix long term? Or just the latter? Or wait for a few days to see if the tummy trouble settles on its own?
  10. HRJ

    Red in droppings

    Thank you, Dogmother, for the tip about sending in photos to Westgate first. I'll do that. Yes, Beantree, I thought that ... and the poos for this hen are quite mucus-y. (The other one does 'textbook' poos -- never did I think I would spend so long looking at the stuff that comes out of hens bottoms. Good job I am back at work tomorrow!) There is grit available (in two cups on the sides of the run: one high and one low, on different sides; and I scattered some among the wood chips near their feed) and they also have a large litter tray with sand in. I will get hold of Avipro Avian and see if that helps. Poor thing. She's a lovely, friendly hen, doesn't mind being held, very calm. She seems happy enough but I would like her to have a more settled tummy. Once again, thank you for all your advice.
  11. HRJ

    Red in droppings

    Good morning. Sorry to bother again. This morning the crops on both hens felt empty and both hens are eating and drinking and seem alert. Here are photos of the overnight poop from the one hen. There is still red in them as you can see. No actual liquid though. The seller confirmed that the hens had not been wormed but added that they had been in a biosecure environment and couldn't possibly have a worm overload yet. I had already sent off to Westgate Labs for a poop test kit by the time I received that reply so will probably go ahead with that when it arrives anyway. There doesn't seem much else I can do for the time being? (In case it is relevant, they have ACV in their water at a 10 ml per 1 litre strength -- it said to use that dilution for two weeks at times of stress which I assumed would include moving house.)
  12. HRJ

    Red in droppings

    Excellent! I am learning so much😊 Right I will send a sample off for a test and then worm them with pellets if there is a problem. Again, huge thanks for the advice.
  13. HRJ

    Red in droppings

    Fantastic. Now I know what I am 'looking' for: I will check the crop before bed time this evening and again in the morning. Fingers crossed. If they haven't been wormed yet, I will do that too. Would you recommend using Marriage's Layer's pellets with Flubenvet for that?? Thank you so much.
  14. HRJ

    Red in droppings

    Thank you so much Beantree. I'll ask about the worming and will get some of the rearing pellets. I will also check the night time poo tomorrow morning and get another picture if it is not solid with a white surface layer. Thank you so much for your help. It is amazing to have advice so readily available.

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