Are these birds sick???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ShadyGlade, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. ShadyGlade

    ShadyGlade Songster

    Help. Some of my birds have a light brownish yellow poo that I've never seen before. No feed changes & no signs of illness, but what is this??
  2. cluckychick

    cluckychick Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
  3. ShadyGlade

    ShadyGlade Songster

    Never would have thought to 'Google' chicken poo . . . but thank you. It looked like one of the cecal pictures & what exactly does that mean?
  4. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    A chicken has a storage system for droppings. That is just the term when those glands empty. it's perfectly normal.

    You should see the droppings of a broody hen, some of those are huge and very smelly!
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Cecal poo comes from a loop/pouch in the in the intestines. Every so many poops the pouch is emptied. It's likley what you saw. If it's nasty, sticky, and smelly, then that's cecal poo & perfectly normal.
  6. ShadyGlade

    ShadyGlade Songster

    Thank you for all the help folks:)

    I must never have noticed the stuff before because I just had the exterior of the barn built late this fall, and didn't start moving birds in until the holidays. Must not be as noticeable outside & in the straw.
  7. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    cecal droppings are done a few times a day..
    but the droppings shouldn't look like that all the time..

    not a bad idea to keep a check.

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