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12 chickens total. No injuries, Buff Orpingtons. I am noticing jet black poop that is tarry looking, (as a nurse this screamsdigested blood) from the amount I am going to say it is only one chicken doing this. Been 9 days since the first time I noticed it.
1. Everybody has full crops at night and empty in the morning.
2. Nobody is lethargic
3. Everybody actively participates in feeding and snacks.
4. No pale combs
5. No blood found on vents
6. Everybody appears bright eyed and busy tailed.
I figure if a chicken is passing enough blood to make the stool entirely black there should be symptoms after nine days. Anyone experience anything similar to this before?

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Actually, I have noticed the same thing in my roost poop catch. I didn't really think anything of it until I read your post. I did recently have a sick chicken who I believe may have had sour crop. She is just about 12 week old. I found her sitting behind the coop by herself while her sisters were pecking about in the grass. I brought her into the house with me and nursed her. She ended up vomiting for quite a while. (I had to hold her gently head down while she vomited water and bits of grass and then a little bit of blood.) I had noticed that her crop had felt a bit mushy, like a deflated balloon.  The next day she was better so I went ahead and fed her some plain yogurt and then gradually added her feed to it. So far she seems to have made a full recovery. Do you have any chickens with stunted growth? (She was my biggest chick and it now my smallest.) I have wondered if that is why she suddenly started growing at a much slower pace. Maybe crop issues and digestion?

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Stay-at-home-Mom with 1 wonderful hubby and 2 amazing kids, 1 poodle, 1 schnauzer, 1 cat, 9 Peppered Cory catfish, 3 Easter Eggers, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Black Australorps, 2 Red Star Sex-links, and 1 Speckled Sussex and a MIL downstairs! Never a dull moment at our house.

My son made my chicken avatar out of LEGO's. It is our chicken, Lucy.
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Here is something I had found on another thread that someone posted. (Just to warn you, it shows pictures of different types of chicken poo.) I found it to be very helpful to understand good and bad poos. I wonder if ours is the "Coral Coloured Urates". hmmmm

Stay-at-home-Mom with 1 wonderful hubby and 2 amazing kids, 1 poodle, 1 schnauzer, 1 cat, 9 Peppered Cory catfish, 3 Easter Eggers, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Black Australorps, 2 Red Star Sex-links, and 1 Speckled Sussex and a MIL downstairs! Never a dull moment at our house.

My son made my chicken avatar out of LEGO's. It is our chicken, Lucy.
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Stay-at-home-Mom with 1 wonderful hubby and 2 amazing kids, 1 poodle, 1 schnauzer, 1 cat, 9 Peppered Cory catfish, 3 Easter Eggers, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Black Australorps, 2 Red Star Sex-links, and 1 Speckled Sussex and a MIL downstairs! Never a dull moment at our house.

My son made my chicken avatar out of LEGO's. It is our chicken, Lucy.
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Stay-at-home-Mom with 1 wonderful hubby and 2 amazing kids, 1 poodle, 1 schnauzer, 1 cat, 9 Peppered Cory catfish, 3 Easter Eggers, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Black Australorps, 2 Red Star Sex-links, and 1 Speckled Sussex and a MIL downstairs! Never a dull moment at our house.

My son made my chicken avatar out of LEGO's. It is our chicken, Lucy.
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Stay-at-home-Mom with 1 wonderful hubby and 2 amazing kids, 1 poodle, 1 schnauzer, 1 cat, 9 Peppered Cory catfish, 3 Easter Eggers, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Black Australorps, 2 Red Star Sex-links, and 1 Speckled Sussex and a MIL downstairs! Never a dull moment at our house.

My son made my chicken avatar out of LEGO's. It is our chicken, Lucy.
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Originally Posted by hmmcc123 

Oops...here is the link:

http://www.chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=17568.0


Thanks for the link. The poop falls under the normal oily section! They do get table scraps quite often so that may be what is causing it.

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No problem! It's graphic but a very helpful link! Have a nice day!

Stay-at-home-Mom with 1 wonderful hubby and 2 amazing kids, 1 poodle, 1 schnauzer, 1 cat, 9 Peppered Cory catfish, 3 Easter Eggers, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Black Australorps, 2 Red Star Sex-links, and 1 Speckled Sussex and a MIL downstairs! Never a dull moment at our house.

My son made my chicken avatar out of LEGO's. It is our chicken, Lucy.
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Stay-at-home-Mom with 1 wonderful hubby and 2 amazing kids, 1 poodle, 1 schnauzer, 1 cat, 9 Peppered Cory catfish, 3 Easter Eggers, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Black Australorps, 2 Red Star Sex-links, and 1 Speckled Sussex and a MIL downstairs! Never a dull moment at our house.

My son made my chicken avatar out of LEGO's. It is our chicken, Lucy.
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post #7 of 8

Thank you for sharing this link! I woke up today and checked in on my 1 month old girls and noticed the dark oily poop and immediately  became concerned.  Now I know they are fine and having seen such a range of "normal': was quite enlightening!

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I have to say thank you too!!! My orpington was doing the same thing, and I as well thought of a GI bleed ... glad I didn't spaz out!

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