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Poo that looks like chocolate syrup

post #1 of 14
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There's a weird poo in the pen where I keep my babies.  It's runny and dark chocolate colored.  Never seen this kind of poo before with them.  Do they need worming meds?  I'm not sure of their exact ages, but we've had them nearly seven weeks.

Rhonda--
USCG wife and mom of 2 kids
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post #2 of 14

It sounds like some caecal poop to me.

post #3 of 14
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ANyone ever tried to worm chickens with garlic?  Sounds interesting to me.  http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1806628/worming_chickens_naturally.html?cat=5

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post #4 of 14

What's caecal poop?

Suzy
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http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=113244

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is a thread that will probably explain it a lot better than i will.  There are links to pictures and further explanations i think also.

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I've been to that site several times and it still confuses me.  I'll see some runny poop and think "Okay...is that oily runny or foamy runny?"  I have a bird or two who'll do what the OP described, like chocolate syrup, but it apprears oily-ish to me, not foamy.  So then I get worried and think that maybe I should worm them just in case.  But some say you should only worm if you actually see worms????  Mine do eat pumpkin seeds, which I've read is supposed to be a natural wormer, and I do sprinkle a little DE in their crumbles sometimes...????  It's very confusing... hu

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Originally Posted by teach1rusl 

I've been to that site several times and it still confuses me.  I'll see some runny poop and think "Okay...is that oily runny or foamy runny?"  I have a bird or two who'll do what the OP described, like chocolate syrup, but it apprears oily-ish to me, not foamy.  So then I get worried and think that maybe I should worm them just in case.  But some say you should only worm if you actually see worms????  Mine do eat pumpkin seeds, which I've read is supposed to be a natural wormer, and I do sprinkle a little DE in their crumbles sometimes...????  It's very confusing... hu


I suspect that you are seeing ceceal poo.  If your birds are of good weight and healthy, I wouldn't worry about it too much.  If it really concerns you, most vets will do a fecal float test for worms for around $5. 
When someone describes chicken poo as looking like chocolate syrup, ceceal poo automatically jumps in my head. 
DE and pumpkin seeds work more as worm preventives than actual wormers, IMO.  If I had an actual confirmed worm infestation I'd use the wormers that are sure to get rid of it.  Others feel it's not necessary to worm.  It's all an individual thing.  I worm my dogs and cats once a year, my chickens are getting wormed once a year too.

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, runner ducks, call ducks, two geese that are my feathered children, and a crossbeak silkie X named Dragon. 

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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, runner ducks, call ducks, two geese that are my feathered children, and a crossbeak silkie X named Dragon. 

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post #8 of 14

Is the poop like chocolate pudding?  If so, it's normal.  I HATE that poop - always the most difficult to clean up after sad

post #9 of 14

^ And the stinkiest!  sickbyc

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Robin's brood = 1  wonderful husband, 4 handsome sons, 1 beautiful daughter, 14 chickens, 1 dog, 1 puppy, 2 rabbits, 3 gerbils, & 1 dwarf hamster... shew! 
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post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by TipsyDog 

Is the poop like chocolate pudding?  If so, it's normal.  I HATE that poop - always the most difficult to clean up after sad


Seems a little ironic that when we try to describe the poop, we always resort to food analogies...lol.  I'll have to look closer to see whether it's more like chocolate syrup or chocolate pudding... 
Gritsar - does it have to be a bird/specialty vet, or can any vet check the fecal sample???

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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