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What does chicken poop/ urine supposed to look like for healthy

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chickens? If the excretions are pretty much all liquid does it mean sickness?

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Here you go.  The pictures in this link should answer your question:

http://www.chat.allotment.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=17568

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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Great link, Gritsar! I would have never thought to take so many pictures of chicken poo.

akd23237 - you don't provide any information or background for your question, but I imagine you are seeing runny poo from your chickens? I know off and on I will find runny poo from one or more of my 22 chickens and I chalk it up to the fact that they probably ate something that caused it, or drank more water than usual. If it's not an ongoing issue with your chicken(s), I probably wouldn't worry about it. But if it is - or you notice blood in the poo - I would get a bit concerned.

Best of luck,
Penny

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Cecal poo, which is runny and looks like melted chocolate is normal.  You'll see it about every 6 to 10 stools (some sites say 6 to 8 stools, others say 8 to 10).

If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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Originally Posted by gritsar 

Here you go.  The pictures in this link should answer your question:

http://www.chat.allotment.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=17568


Wow, who would have thought a few months ago (I am new to caring for chickens) that I would be looking at pictures of chicken poo and finding it very helpful! Thanks for this great post it helped clear up a lot of questions.

Animal lover, wife, working towards sustainability each and every day. Mommy to 4 hens (1EE, 1NHRed, 1 RI white, 1 BLeghorn), six baby chicks and a new Saint Bernard pup, named Valley!
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Animal lover, wife, working towards sustainability each and every day. Mommy to 4 hens (1EE, 1NHRed, 1 RI white, 1 BLeghorn), six baby chicks and a new Saint Bernard pup, named Valley!
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Hi Folk
Just been checking out the link on normal chicken poops and wonder if anyone can tell me if my chicken is ill  sad
Her poops are all in the normal (as in the photos) range except her urates (? white bit?) sometimes has a smear of what looks like blood - but not red - more rust colour - on top.  Her eggs were brown then went white and were quite large. Now she is not laying but tries to - sits on the nest but after a while (half hour or more) gives up. She appears well, eating and drinking, fossiking and doing all usual chicken things.  I wonder because her eggs were large - maybe they were too large for her and she has hurt herself inside.  I have checked her 'bottom' and it is pink, clean and OK looking to me.  She would be less than two years old and only one of two chickens we keep.... pets really....
Any advice - except culling sad   - would be gratefully received...
Thanks   -   June

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all you ever wanted to know about poo and how to identify eventual problems:
http://dlhunicorn.conforums.com/index.cgi?board=poos&action=display&num=1158478320

If you have never wormed your birds then I suggest you do so... worms can and do cause intestinal damage (particularly cappillaria) and this could be the pinkish/bloody smear you are regularly seeing.


Edited by dlhunicorn - 12/21/08 at 12:24am
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I am also new to this forum, and to raising chickens, and this was extremely helpful. unbelievable the range of normal.

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Ah - the questions I didn't even know I had....hmm

Thank you for the great links.tongue

Chicken Math has impaired my signature.  Husband thinks the count is less than 20 - yeah - let's go with that...
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Chicken Math has impaired my signature.  Husband thinks the count is less than 20 - yeah - let's go with that...
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Originally Posted by nhchickmom 
Quote:
Originally Posted by gritsar 

Here you go.  The pictures in this link should answer your question:

http://www.chat.allotment.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=17568


Wow, who would have thought a few months ago (I am new to caring for chickens) that I would be looking at pictures of chicken poo and finding it very helpful! Thanks for this great post it helped clear up a lot of questions.


I know, who'd of guessed I would end up with a file full of poo sites?
"whacha doing,honey?" "lookin' at poo, dear." "okay, then"
'Normal' has a whole new definition.

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Yep. And he said that before fire ants took over.
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"Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from a corn field" Dwight Eisenhower
Yep. And he said that before fire ants took over.
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