Can we talk poop?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by JosieR, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. JosieR

    JosieR Songster

    Apr 24, 2010
    Orange County, NY
    Up until now my ducks' poop has been light and watery. They free range in the yard and I never noticed poop anywhere. Suddenly (no recent change in feed) it's looking more like goose poop. More solid and formed. When it is watery, it's very dark and thick.

    They have not started to lay yet, although I did start them on some oyster shell recently. Free choice, could that be it? How do I get them back to that nice liquid-y poop that just disappears into the lawn?
  2. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    I get a mixture of textures from my babies as well-solid and liquid. Guess the next form will be gas! [​IMG]
    I think it is normal-not much you can do about the texture.
  3. Snakeman

    Snakeman In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2010
    When mine are on an all feed diet, the poop very runny with lots of liquid. When they start ranging, which mine all do, it gets more solid "more like a goose". I think it's the bugs and the roughage from grass etc. that does it. Either that or a maturity thing that kicks in between 4 and 8 weeks of age.

    I believe the former.
  4. chikky

    chikky Songster

    Jun 13, 2009
    Glenmont, Ohio
    Not sure if it's the same with ducks, but my chicken's poo is very large and firm during the laying season and more runny and small when laying season is over. As I recall, the ducks were somewhat the same was different when they were laying eggs.
  5. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Talking about oyster calcium. It produces a white wash that stains my deck. I have to rinse hard and heavy to get it off even when still wet. I guess it is time to apply a sealer. That and the green Luigi that smell like ammonia. [​IMG] My husband almost threw up on one of them. [​IMG]

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