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A couple of my hens have started having really long poops, like 6" or more and they seem to be kind of stuck when coming out. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!
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Posting a picture of the poop would be very helpful. If you can't do that, then you need to give us as detailed a description as you can, along with what you've been feeding them, and is it all your chickens or just one, and how long has this been a concern.

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Just saw it yesterday, it is two so far. Will try to snap a photo next time. Looks normal it is jus really long compared to the normal. 6-8 inches long. Feeding meal worms, CF scratch grains mixed with 20% crumbles and pellets. Thinking it might be normal, since they have started laying regularly I switched them from 16% to the 20%.
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We could have a forum dedicated to just chicken poop and it would be high traffic, I swear. All of us chicken keepers are obsessed with it. It's the first thing I check each morning when I'm cleaning the coops to make sure someone's not sick.

 

There are always occasional poops that make me wonder, why that?

 

We have wild turkeys here, and they have long slender tubular poops. Once in a while one of my flock will produce something similar to what you're describing. I think it's more of a curiosity than anything to be concerned about, though.

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My dog loves to eat chicken poop.

 

I would like to make some dog treats out of chicken poop, add some sort of veggies and fruit. If I had an old dehydrator from a garage sale to dry them outside in, that might work.

Wouldn't want them in my good one and definitely not the oven.

Anyone have any good ideas for CP treats? 

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Good stuff!! My brother used to take pictures of any poop he saw. It is an obsession! The more I think about it the more I think it is just the increase in protein with the layer.

You could make dog treats out of just about anything. My dog eats anything he comes across!
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Just saw it yesterday, it is two so far. Will try to snap a photo next time. Looks normal it is jus really long compared to the normal. 6-8 inches long. Feeding meal worms, CF scratch grains mixed with 20% crumbles and pellets. Thinking it might be normal, since they have started laying regularly I switched them from 16% to the 20%.

Are you sure it's 6-8"?

 (I've heard that claim before hehehe oh never mind)

 

But seriously.....pic with something next to poop for scale(dollar bill or quarter)  would tell us much more.

Is it dryish?

Are they getting enough water?

 

What is "CF scratch grains"?

 

The only time I've seen long poops is when they eat a lot of grass clippings or hay...fiber doesn't break down and you can see it in the poop.

 

If the eyes are the window to the soul....poops are the window to the body, ha!


Edited by aart - 2/7/16 at 8:21am

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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