Black colored dropping

Discussion in 'Quail' started by luvemal, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. luvemal

    luvemal Out Of The Brooder

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    Is this indicative of a sick quail?
     
  2. GrandmaBird

    GrandmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well it depends on the diet of the bird. I feed mine fresh spinach leaves and so they have darker stool after eating that so guess it depends on the bird. Sorry I cannot be of greater help.
     
  3. luvemal

    luvemal Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    I feed my birds Purina Game Bird Chow 30% exclusively. Not all the birds have black stools - I put cardboard sheets under my cages to collect the droppings for fertilizer and the cardboard has a few black droppings in it. Also my concern is it safe to use in my veggie garden?

    Thanks for your input.
     
  4. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I wouldnt worry about it unless you see blood or the stool is always runny.
     
  5. SimonGrow

    SimonGrow Out Of The Brooder

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    You should compost the droppings before using it on your veggies as the fresh poop is very hot. I accidentally used fresh poop on my young fruit trees with no ill effect but I read that it is a big no no.

    Simon
     
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  6. cricketmt

    cricketmt Out Of The Brooder

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    I would guess it's diet related. My chickens had turquoise droppings at one point this summer and I was alarmed until I remembered that 1/2 purple head of cabbage they got the day before....
     

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