Entirely too much talk about chicken poop in this posting.
I'd also had one of the older chickens with really runny poo, then I saw one of them vomit.
Someone is sick.
I did a little research and the best I came up with was coccidiosis, which is basically a parasitic disease that is not uncommon in chickens, often in chicks, and comes from a parasite in the dirt or droppings.
I decided to call the vet, after being warned that we were not spending a fortune on saving a chicken's life. hmmftp. I spent $13 (har) and have medicine that would last 40 chickens for a week.
Anyway, in return we can't eat any of the eggs for 2 weeks. Since we have only 2 laying hens, that means around 30 eggs down the garbage disposal.
And then I ground it up in the disposal.
Last night we had a little field trip. I would like to free range the chickens but I don't trust the drivers, or that someone won't stop and still 1 or 12 chickens, or that they'll get into my fledgling flower bed.
Best way around that, let them out right before their bedtime.
Pavlov's dogs. "Blond biped bring food! Run to door!"
I open the door and they stand there for a moment, probably wondering if it's some sort of trap.
Then someone says:
"Oh look, a bug!" and off they go.
**No flowers were injured in the creation of this post.