Are these birds sick???

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

  1. ShadyGlade

    ShadyGlade Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
  3. ShadyGlade

    ShadyGlade Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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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