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post #1 of 10
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I have 3 hens and I've been finding these pieces in their poop for quite a while. Is it some kind of worms like tapeworms? I can't seem to find a vet in my area that treats chickens nor does anyone at tractor supply seem to know anything...
I hope you might be able to at least point me in a direction of solving this issue.

Thanks,
Janet
post #2 of 10

It looks like glass.Can you separate the white stuff with a stick and feel if it is sharp with gloves.

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post #3 of 10

Looks like maybe feather sheath dust.  Have your birds been molting? 

post #4 of 10

I agree with coach723 - it looks like the bits that fall off the sheaths when new feathers are growing.  My flock has recently been moulting and in the morning the perches are sprinkled with this stuff. 

 

Even if your birds are not suffering a severe moult they may well have been renewing some of their feathers recently (it's the right time of year), and so during their evening and overnight preening some of the feather sheath dust will likely fall down and stick to the poop.  I wouldn't worry at all - it definitely doesn't look like worms.  :)

 

Started out with 3 birds. Currently at 13 pullets and 2 roos

- chicken maths is definitely getting the better of me!

 

Member of the Derperella Club - we're all just going round the rooster here.

 

RIP Blackie (the best hen ever), Rusty (too curious once too often) and Cinders (my grey girl)

 

 

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Started out with 3 birds. Currently at 13 pullets and 2 roos

- chicken maths is definitely getting the better of me!

 

Member of the Derperella Club - we're all just going round the rooster here.

 

RIP Blackie (the best hen ever), Rusty (too curious once too often) and Cinders (my grey girl)

 

 

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post #5 of 10
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Ahhhhh!!! That's it!!! I went out this morning to look at fresh poop and this stuff was on it again! I touched it (ewww) and it is not glass. It's light weight, like a snake skin or peanut skin. Yes, my girls have been molting. That makes perfect sense!! I'm so relieved!!
This group is such a wonderful resource. Thank you.
Edited by JHortonx5 - 12/16/16 at 8:46am
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Originally Posted by JHortonx5 View Post

Ahhhhh!!! That's it!!! I went out this morning to look at fresh poop and this stuff was on it again! I touched it (ewww) and it is not glass.

Welcome to the wonderful world of chicken keeping - poking at poo, cleaning up pasty butts, researching fecal images online....   the fun just never stops! :lau

 

Started out with 3 birds. Currently at 13 pullets and 2 roos

- chicken maths is definitely getting the better of me!

 

Member of the Derperella Club - we're all just going round the rooster here.

 

RIP Blackie (the best hen ever), Rusty (too curious once too often) and Cinders (my grey girl)

 

 

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Started out with 3 birds. Currently at 13 pullets and 2 roos

- chicken maths is definitely getting the better of me!

 

Member of the Derperella Club - we're all just going round the rooster here.

 

RIP Blackie (the best hen ever), Rusty (too curious once too often) and Cinders (my grey girl)

 

 

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post #7 of 10
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Welcome to the wonderful world of chicken keeping - poking at poo, cleaning up pasty butts, researching fecal images online....   the fun just never stops! :lau


LOL!!:lau

Having chickens can be a long list of 'new experiences'.  Glad it was an easy one this time!

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by KayTee View Post
 

Welcome to the wonderful world of chicken keeping - poking at poo, cleaning up pasty butts, researching fecal images online....   the fun just never stops! :lau


Yep.......I never thought i would be sticking my finger up a chickens butt.


Edited by MasterOfClucker - 12/16/16 at 10:52am
Five Red Junglefowl,Ten Easter Eggers,Two African Geese,Three Fawn and White Runners and Four Rouen's.
 
 
~Isaac 
 
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Five Red Junglefowl,Ten Easter Eggers,Two African Geese,Three Fawn and White Runners and Four Rouen's.
 
 
~Isaac 
 
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post #9 of 10
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Oh the things I have to look forward to!!! Glad y'all are here!!
post #10 of 10

In all my years of Chicken keeping I have never looked at Chicken poop. stuck my finger up their poor butts or had a sick Bird......Respiratory I have had...I manage my Flock.....Zero symptoms......Not cured, Healthy Birds that do not display symptoms.....

 

 

Cheers!

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