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Date Posted: 11:29:57 06/02/10 Wed
Author: Jennifer Kagemann
Author Host/IP: 99.50.228.63
Subject: Re: Chicks having loose stools
In reply to: Diane 's message, "Re: Chicks having loose stools" on 10:34:35 06/02/10 Wed

Thanks Diane,
I've been a little nervous about grit because I don't fully understand it. It sounds like there are soluble
(digestible) and insoluble varieties of grit, and I don't know which I am supposed to use for quail. From what I read, insoluble grit is only needed if the bird eats hard material like seed shells, etc; and the grit remains in the digestive tract for weeks or even years. Supposedly, they only need a tiny bit or they can become impacted.

What I ended up purchasing at Walmart is just called "grit" with no explanation as to solubility. I crossed my fingers and gave it to both the adults and babies and they are eating it up like candy (as well as dust bathing in it). So far no problems, but I wish I better understood grit.

The new feed we are giving the chicks is unmedicated Gamebird/Showbird crumbles for starting and growing. I've been putting it through the blender so that it is easier to manage, but they seem to love it.

I'm still supplementing with egg yolk but their stools are still loose and gelatinous. I wonder if they have coccidiosis? I think that is what our Golden Comet pullets have been going through (they are on medicated chick starter). We have avoided cross-contamination though.

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