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I just noticed today that one or two of the chickens have lightish brown liquid stool which has only been the case the last couple of days according to my son. We have been giving them alot of fruit ( watermelon, bananas, tomatoes, cucumber, grapes etc lately...I wonder if this has done it or is it something worse? They are all eating well and look great.

any thoughts?

post #2 of 14

Could be all the treats.....or the heat! Has it been hot there? I noticed my chickens have the loose stools....but its been TERRIBLY hot here. They tend to drink alot of water, then have the loose stools. They should be ok....cut back on the watermelon ( lots of water"juice" in those)

Deb
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post #3 of 14

My babies do that now and then - I thought it was normal !

post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 

well thanks guys..i had a nightmare about coccidiosis but the birds are acting entirely normally and look fantastic...AND we have been giving them a STUPID amount of treats LOL. The birds are my 6 yr old son's and mine and his fav thing to do is give his birds treats...they are going to be obese in sure of it!

post #5 of 14

...sounds like a "caecal" stool to me (once a day birds will clear and this is  as you describe above)

post #6 of 14

Can you tell us when a "full" cecal dropping is most likely to occurr, and if fat and fiber has a role in the amount and frequency of cecal droppings?

post #7 of 14
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I have never heard of a cecal stool before...is this something unique to chickens?

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by aran 

they are going to be obese in sure of it!


you say obese, like its a bad thing,  Pass the popcorn please  pop

post #9 of 14

http://www.aviagen.com/docs/Enteric%20Health%20Low%20Res.pdf
(from
an Enteric Health article from ROSS Tech)
"...An individual dropping appears as a rounded brown mass with a characteristic white cap of uric acid.
In a healthy bird, these are evacuated 12-16 times
per day. The contents of the caecal tubes are quite
different and appear as discrete masses of dark
brown, glutinous material. Usually these are passed once or twice per day.
..."
(ROSS Tech article is geared toward the  commercial industry usually and are assuming the birds are only on commercial feed...free ranging birds are often a caramelly color)

here is more info to help you identify/interpret your birds droppings:
http://dlhunicorn.conforums.com/index.cgi?board=poos&action=display&num=1158478320


Edited by dlhunicorn - 9/1/07 at 11:25am
post #10 of 14

PSSST, Aran, I call it Splort because that's what it sounds like when it hits the rug under DH's chair. wink
Amen, MDbucks...can you toss more butter on that.
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