Can Molting Cause Stinky Poo?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Nutcase, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my chickens starting molting today. I'd been expecting it for a while since she's getting over an illness. There are feathers everywhere and they're literally flying off her. Anyway the level of flies has skyrocketed in the run! Usually it's hard to find one. Now they're swarming all over any poo they can find and boy, do those poos stink. So is stinky poo a side effect of molting?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Are any broody? Stinky feces is definitely a side effect of being broody as they hold it for 24 hours and kick out a nasty one each day as they come off the nest.

    I've never noticed it from molting.
     
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  3. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, no broody ones although that did cross my mind.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Molting can cause lowering of feed consumption, contrary to what they need. A couple of mine are in full molt and miserable. They hide all day, eat very little and poop watery, nasty greenish stuff, which is what happens with low feed consumption. I am trying to feed one hen daily special stuff I cook because there is not one ounce of meat on her keel and due to her advanced age in this bad molt (she blew all her feathers at once), I'm worried I'll lose her. Another is starting to act the same way. So, the molt depletes them in so many ways, especially as they get older.

    There is always a normal cecal poop that smells atrocious, of course, but a molt and different eating habits could possibly change the smell of the everyday poop. Worms could also do that, I suppose, but I would hesitate to worm a molting chicken, the molt is already so hard on them.
     
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