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My Chicks Have Runny Poop

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Hello Backyardchickens members,
Has anyone else had chicks with runny, light-coloured poop? Two of my six chicks have this problem and I'm hoping it's not a sign of anything serious.
Thank you!
~River

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This is a good reference, if not now, for the future when they are older :  http://www.chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=17568.0

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hope someone has good advice for you...I haven't raised chickens in years and years.  The age and what you are feeding them might help someone help you.

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runny poo is normal ..remember their "pee" and poo is mixed together lol...

but sometimes when my chicks were stressed by being handled too much they had runnier poo

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5 Red Sexlink, 5 turkens, 5 Barred Plymouth, 5 RIR, 5 Black Australorp
2 Brahmas & 3 EE'ers
On the other hand: Mom to 4, Britt 20, Homeschool teacher to Jeron 12, Elayna 7 and Lydia 5 & SAHM/WAHM (self employed), wife to Brian
My belief: Be nice to everyone you meet, we are all fighting some sort of battle in our life.
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Whenever I get worried about a certain poop I look it up on that link u posted and it has always answered my ?'s so far.  It's a great resource!  thumbsup

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Awesome! Thank you for the references. They're 12 days old, and they've been fed chick starter...and twice I've given them a very small amount of cornmeal, lettuce and spinach...

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I just got some chicks recently ,and they had somthing cald pasty butt(poop stuck to their bums). They also had runny poop so I gave them some boiled egg.After a few days it cleared up.If your chicks happen to have pasty butt ,you want to make sure you get it off! Because if you don't they might not be able to poo,and could die. I really hope I helped. If you have any more questions about the chicks ,Igladly like to help eventhough i've only had chicks fo a little while.
                                       Good Luck!

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Originally Posted by ErinG 

This is a good reference, if not now, for the future when they are older :  http://www.chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=17568.0

I
hope someone has good advice for you...I haven't raised chickens in years and years.  The age and what you are feeding them might help someone help you.


Fantastic link Erin!!! wee thanks for sharing!! thumbsup

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Rest in peace my "puppies", you were loved greatly.
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post #8 of 9

It is normal for chickens to have runny poop quite regularly. Read the following...

Waste (faeces)
The remainder of the material consisting of waste and undigested food are mixed with the urine in the cloaca and eliminated from the body as faeces. The appearance of the faeces varies considerably, but typically is a rounded, brown to grey mass topped with a cap of white uric acid from the kidneys. The contents of the caeca are also discharged periodically as discrete masses of brown, glutinous material.

It sounds like you might be describing the discharge from the caeca. This is where more complex compounds are broken down.

http://www.poultryhub.org/anatomy-and-physiology/digestive-system/

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Alice, Brucie and Lil Peep (Barred Plymough Rocks); Chico, Sandy and Pearlie (R.I. Reds); Esmerelda (Black Minorca) and Buttercup (Buff Orpington).


Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

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Originally Posted by epeloquin 

It is normal for chickens to have runny poop quite regularly. Read the following...

Waste (faeces)
The remainder of the material consisting of waste and undigested food are mixed with the urine in the cloaca and eliminated from the body as faeces. The appearance of the faeces varies considerably, but typically is a rounded, brown to grey mass topped with a cap of white uric acid from the kidneys. The contents of the caeca are also discharged periodically as discrete masses of brown, glutinous material.

It sounds like you might be describing the discharge from the caeca. This is where more complex compounds are broken down.

http://www.poultryhub.org/anatomy-and-physiology/digestive-system/


Good to know this too...they chicks have had that "brown glutinous material" too and I was getting worried when I couldnt see a pic of something similar on that first link. Awesome info! Thanks!

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