White leghorn ,soggy bottoms??

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White leghorn ,soggy bottoms??
« on: April 08, 2018, 19:20 »
Hello all and thank you for any help I may receive :).I currently have 4 Rhode Island Red hens and 3 white leghorn hens.The birds are all kept together and wormed,loused and are free range with a diet of layers pellets and grit.They have access to fresh clean water with ACV added on occasion and poultry spice when required.The birds are about 1yr old and are red combed and mad as hatters.However all the brown hens have nice clean vents and fluffy bottoms and the white hens are wet and messy .Egg production is fine .Just spoke to an older allotoment holder yesterday and he suggested that I change the feed to mixed corn as white hens need a more natural diet??.Cheers

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Re: White leghorn ,soggy bottoms??
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2018, 11:29 »
I've never kept Leghorns, but I'm dubious about the white hens need different food theory.  Layers pellets contain a better mix of nutrients.  Corn can make hens overweight and is just straight carbs. 

Messy wet poop can be linked to too much greenery in the diet, which could be the case if they are free ranging.  Without knowing exactly what they are eating all day, its hard to say  :unsure:

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Re: White leghorn ,soggy bottoms??
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2018, 13:10 »
Agree New Shoot  :)
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Re: White leghorn ,soggy bottoms??
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2018, 18:16 »
I have white leghorns and their diet is the same as the marans, layers for the most part, they get a treat everynight of a small ration of mixed corn with dred herbs in (oregao, thyme, basil, dried garlic powder) this is about a large handfull between 5 chooks and I use ACV (2%) with garlic in the water every other fill.
I do find their poops can be on more occasions than the marans be a little wet.
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Re: White leghorn ,soggy bottoms??
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2018, 19:17 »
Cheers for the replies.All hens are fed the same diet and have 3hrs per day on the allotment foraging amongst the grass and hedges.

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Re: White leghorn ,soggy bottoms??
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2018, 23:48 »
Soggy bottoms could be due to a bacterial imbalance in the gut  :)



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