speedyjones

In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 27, 2008
11
0
22
North Carolina
I am wondering if my chicken is okay...Some of her poops, in fact most of them, are grayish, playdough consistancy with a white tip and only a mild odor. However, the ones that concern me are very dark brown or black, no white tip, and have a strong, repulsive odor. Is that normal? Does everyone's chicken do that?
 

stilwellchick

Songster
12 Years
Jun 16, 2007
290
7
141
Stilwell, KS
A couple of times a day chickens will have a cecal poo that is brown liquidy and smells bad. I think there a posts about this issue if you search for the word "splort" I think that is what others have called this kind of poo.
 

pipermark

Songster
12 Years
Jan 26, 2007
1,269
5
184
Arkansas
If there is not any blood in it dont worry much, poop changes. If you are not sure , drop it on a paper towel or in a small cup of water , if blood water will turn pink , white paper towel will show red easier.
 

speedyjones

In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 27, 2008
11
0
22
North Carolina
Thanks for all the replies! It must be "splort." I am relieved to know that nothing is wrong with my birdie...but after looking at questions and answers under "splort" I wonder if I'm suppose to be giving Speedy supplements, worm meds or other things to keep her healthy. I've just been feeding, watering and loving her. She's an only chick so she couldn't have picked up any chicken sickness...
 

elmo

Crowing
11 Years
May 23, 2009
4,899
220
306
DFW
We had an only chick for two weeks until another clutch of eggs hatched and we could get her some companions. Her first cecal poop that I noticed fizzed. You can imagine my horror! Fortunately, a quick check in this forum helped me to figure out what it was.

Will you be getting a couple more chicks to keep yours company?
 

CityGirl35

In the Brooder
7 Years
Mar 12, 2012
28
1
21
Never thought I'd be thanking someone for a chicken poop chart, but here I am doing just that! I'm new at this and obsessing over EVERYTHING connected to my happy little flock. This helped allay a lot of my worries!
 

binders

Songster
8 Years
Sep 4, 2011
266
4
101
Never thought I'd be thanking someone for a chicken poop chart, but here I am doing just that! I'm new at this and obsessing over EVERYTHING connected to my happy little flock. This helped allay a lot of my worries!
I think it is the common reaction to the poop chart. "I can't beleive I'm looking at this!"!, quickly followed by "I'm so thankful someone put this together!" Cam't tell you how many times I looked at it during my first month as a chicken owner.
 

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