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Hi. My name is***** and I am a veterinarian that can answer your question. I understand that you are seeing that at least one of your hens has a thin / no shell and possibly another with diarrhea. It sounds like it is possible that both problems could be coming from one hen. Is that a correct summary?
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A sudden change in diet can definitely cause the stool to have more water, which can make it appear softer or progress all the way to diarrhea. Other things can cause this too including parasites, bacterial overgrowth, or liver inflammation. You could add apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons / gallon water) and yogurt with probiotics to help with the loose stool. The other concern I have is concerning the lack of a shell/thin shell. This indicates an issue with the reproductive system, although a calcium deficiency can cause the same problems. Supplementing with oyster shell is a good way to add calcium to the diet and may help with the shell. Otherwise, a good exam and culture of the reproductive tract +/- antibiotics are the way to go to treat infection.
Do you use a regular chicken feed?
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