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Chocolate pudding poop

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I'm a first time chicken owner and purchased 4 Orpington pullets a month ago.  I frequently see chocolate pudding poop when cleaning the coop and the run.  I checked all their bottoms and one has a little bit of white pasty stuff around the vent.  They are not yet laying.  All four act well and lively with shiny eyes and feathers.  They are on pullet crumbles and scratch around the grass in their tractor.  What should I do?

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Honestly there is a huge range of whats normal poop is and whats not normal. Here a good referance.
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Could be caecal droppings. They can be darker, goopy, kind of tarry and sticky. They smell very unpleasant and acrid when they come out, but once the surface dries off the smell goes down. Try disturbing one of the droppings with a long stick and seeing what kind of smell drifts up. I would liken the smell to the taste of reflux in the back of your throat. It's not really that similar, but both of them have the same distinctive sinus-coating quality.
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