blue-black poop?!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by frankenchick, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. frankenchick

    frankenchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone is making nice, firm coils of blue-black poop.

    What is this about? Is it something she's eating? Any idea how to figure out which of my hens is doing this?
     
  2. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    could be something she is eating with blue pigment or dye, or something that turns that color when broken down. it would be surprising if it was just one bird though. Blackberries, blueberries, ect? Black poop can be bleeding as well. To find the culprit, you can serially confine them, one by one (or do small groups to narrow down faster)-- this won't work well if it is something she is getting into though- as confined she can't get the item.
     
  3. frankenchick

    frankenchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Blood was my first thought; if I'd seen this in a human, and knew that they hadn't eaten something with a lot of coloring in it, we'd be on the way to the doctor.

    As it is, with just one hen doing it (it appears), I am concerned because they all eat pretty much the same things. I have been feeding them raw peanuts -- 1 c. per 14 hens per day -- to help them through their molting, and they're getting a lot of tomatoes.

    We're supposed to have a field trip tomorrow, but I'll take a look at the field & watch the girls to see if I can figure out which one is making the weird poop.
     
  4. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Any red cabbage going into this bird? Some like it, others not so much...
     

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