black runny poop

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chick-lit, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. chick-lit

    chick-lit In the Brooder

    Sep 12, 2008
    I have four new hens one of them has very runny poo sometimes it is brown but this morning it was black this doesn't happen all the time she sometimes has normal poo. They free range during the day and seem very healthy also they eat very good and the waddles and combs are nice and red. she I be worried or is this sometimes normal with hens. I have been giving them some plain yogurt she I try something else???
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    Unless it looks black like dried blood, i wouldn't really be concerned, especially not if it only happened once. I assume that black means the same thing in chickens that it does in human - that it sat in there a little long.

    Also, here is a pictoral of different poos your chicken might have.
    **warning gross chicken poop pictures** [​IMG]

    The range of normals poo is really wide. I generally don't worry about it unless i see blood, specifically in young chicks, or if i see worms. Other than that, i use the poo as a clue if i have already determined that a chicken doesn't seem to feel good. Then the poo might give me some clue as to what is wrong or at least if she is eating, etc.
  3. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Songster

    May 15, 2009
    I think what you are observing is cecal poop. It happens approx every 10 times the chicken poops. It comes from the chickens cecum (part of the digestive tract) and can range from black to brown to foamy and amells really bad. Nothing to worry about unless her poops are that way one after another.
  4. Alice Peck

    Alice Peck Hatching

    Apr 23, 2013
    How can you tell with many chickens if they are having too many of these poos?
  5. wekiva bird

    wekiva bird Songster

    Mar 18, 2010
    South Carolina
    Blueberrys make poop look black sometime.
  6. Alice Peck

    Alice Peck Hatching

    Apr 23, 2013
    I didn't know that thank you :) I've been giving frozen fruit for the heat :)

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