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Date Posted: 21:17:40 05/30/10 Sun
Author: Jennifer Kagemann
Author Host/IP: 99.50.226.160
Subject: Chicks having loose stools

Hello,

My husband and I are new to button quail and are caring for a couple of chicks that we hatched in the incubator. They are 5 and 6 days old and just getting feathers in on their wings. They have been fed ordinary chick starter exclusively since day two, ground up in the blender. This was a little bag of by-the-pound feed that we got at our local, small town feed store, so I assume it is unmedicated. (We bought some medicated chick feed for our Golden Comet pullets and it has a slightly different color and odor.)

We finally located unmedicated game bird starter but, as I was preparing to give them the new feed, I noticed some soft stools. It has been a couple of hours now and the stools are definitely more loose and kind of clay colored.

Before I alter their diet, I was hoping for some advice. For pictures of the housing and full background story, please see the following link:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=348650

Also, is there any recommended reading for button quail? I have read up on the internet, but have found some conflicting information so I wondered if there are any excellent books to look for? The more I learn, the more questions I have too, so I hope no one will mind if I ask a lot of questions.

Thank you very much!
Jennifer (and Derek)

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