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Black colored dropping

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Is this indicative of a sick quail?

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Well it depends on the diet of the bird. I feed mine fresh spinach leaves and so they have darker stool after eating that so guess it depends on the bird. Sorry I cannot be of greater help.

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Hi,

 

I feed my birds Purina Game Bird Chow 30% exclusively.  Not all the birds have black stools - I put cardboard sheets under my cages to collect the droppings for fertilizer and the cardboard has  a few black droppings in it.  Also my concern is it safe to use in my veggie garden?

 

Thanks for your input.

post #4 of 6
I wouldnt worry about it unless you see blood or the stool is always runny.
post #5 of 6
You should compost the droppings before using it on your veggies as the fresh poop is very hot. I accidentally used fresh poop on my young fruit trees with no ill effect but I read that it is a big no no.

Simon
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I would guess it's diet related.  My chickens had turquoise droppings at one point this summer and I was alarmed until I remembered that 1/2 purple head of cabbage they got the day before....

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