- May 13, 2011
Is it possible/common for chickens who have just begun laying to have bloody stools? I have at least 2 bantams and one standard size breed all start laying in the past few days (not sure which ones are laying yet). I have noticed a couple 'suspect' stools (specifically on my porch) that may be bloody. However, I also gave them some leftover fruit salad (which had red and dark colored fruit in it 2 nights ago). The 'suspect' stools I saw yesterday I attributed to that (seemed more purplish than red). My husband just called me at work and witnessed one hen (who is in my top 3 list of potential layers) leave another reddish stool (again on the porch) just now. Would the hens still be passing fruit salad from 2.5 days ago or could it really be blood? None of the birds have any other symptoms of anything, but I've never dealt with de-worming or anything of the sort, but I do keep an eye on their stool just to be safe. How do I determine the source/cause of the discolored poo?