Black, Tarry Poo???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Bleenie, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I have been noticing some really yucky looking Black, Tarry-looking poo in the babies run lately. I think it's from the goslings but i'm not for sure. I have also noticed a slight smelly-ness(not like normal duck poo) around the coop/yard in the last few days.

    Could it be from all the new access to grass & other goodies in the yard?
    They're all still getting plenty of feed and always have fresh water.
    They're all still very healthy, normal acting babies too.

    just cant figure it out, im a little stumpped. [​IMG]
  2. micaheart

    micaheart In the Brooder

    Apr 5, 2010
    Mine found some charcoal from an old fire pit and like to eat it. They started pooping black goo....but they are fine and only eat it sometimes....
  3. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    They don't have access to anything strange, their current area is all grassy & they're eating starter still (well starter/grower now).
  4. Duck_feeder

    Duck_feeder Drowning in feathers!

    Oct 22, 2009
    Perfectly normal poop. Every once in a while they'll poop a dark sticky and stinky poop. If you think it's gross in the run, I hope you never experience ducks purposely splattering it everywhere in the bathtub... [​IMG]
  5. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    It's called the Cepal poop I believe... Also known as the "Every 7th poop" which seems to be extra gross and smelly... Perfectly normal. Now if their poop is looking like that all the time, then you'd have a problem.
  6. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Thank you guys. They're not doing it everytime so they should be fine then. I went out this morning and watched them for a while to see if i could see who it was. I know the goslings were doing it for sure though. what a relief!

  7. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Hahira, GA
    Quote:True, all the time like that, it's called Coccidiosis and is very deadly and contagious internal parasite to all poultry. The black color is from intestinal bleeding and will quickly kill new borns adult tend to fair a little better.

    However, If they are acting normal you are fine, if they start getting lethargic and pooping like that every time, you best get some suluer based meds in the water ASAP.
  8. PrayingMantis

    PrayingMantis In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2013
    Yikes! Help! One of my ducks had a very stinky goo like dark tarry stinky poo and I thought it improved but now all 4 have the same and it's been going on for several days. They seem healthy and eat well. They are 3 1/2 months old. I also found a strange worm that was found by my kids in their enclosure. They thought it was a baby snake and to my surprise it looked like 2" long cod worm! No fish here for that to be found! It was very thin, long, brownish, and the only way I could kill it was by burning it. So my question is what's going on with my ducks poo and what is this worm? Clearly a parasite! What do I do, we are new to owning ducks! Can't see any worms in their poo and of course our dog will eat their poo any chance we are not watching. Dog is on a monthly heartworm and other worm preventative but does it cover this nasty thing? Finally what's the risk to us? Yuk!
  9. Madhattershaven

    Madhattershaven Hatching

    Aug 28, 2013
    I noticed this too in some of my duck poo.......try this site to see if it matches any of them. If its persistent and in all then maybe cocicdosis? but range of whats normal according to this site is amazing. good luck.
  10. TracyLovesDucks

    TracyLovesDucks Songster

    Mar 25, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    How did this turn out? One of my ducks has really dark, tarry, sticky poop right now. It's the weirdest stuff, it's the splat kind of poops and it takes forever to dry out if it even does. I haven't noticed any changes in behavior yet and haven't been able to pinpoint the culprit. What's going on?

    (I checked that chicken poop website posted earlier and couldn't find anything that resembles my duck's poop).

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