DEAR NEW FARM:
If one has poultry and some of the birds have watery dropping,
what can be the cause?
Jeff Mattocks from Fertrell www.fertrell.com,
a Pennsylvania-based company specializing in organic fertilizers
and animal nutrition, just stopped by to answer another
reader question. Here’s what Jeff had to say when we posed
this one to him:
“Watery manure most of the time
is caused by the birds eating food from the ground or from bedding
that is contaminated with bacteria foreign to their digestive
tract. It kind of resembles food poisoning or viral intestinal
infections. In most cases, the birds get over it just fine. If
you would like to help the chickens along, you can offer them
plain yogurt to re-seed the gut with beneficial bacteria.”
us with comments, suggestions and questions.