Chicken suddenly has very small poop

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Maatawry, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. Maatawry

    Maatawry Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 20, 2015
    My girls always had normal poop, but lately her poo is very small, and maybe even a little dry. I don't think she's eating as much as usual but she doesn't seem unhealthy. Any ideas?
  2. chickencoop789

    chickencoop789 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2012
    New Jersey
    I would say its nothing. All chicken poo probably gets a little smaller in the winter time. Or that's just what ive noticed.
  3. Maatawry

    Maatawry Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 20, 2015
    I'm not sure my chicken knows what winter is, as she's a house chicken. Since the cold weather, she doesn't go out at all and the change in poop only happened over the last week or so
  4. spazy67

    spazy67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2015
    Mine just started doing same thing. In fact was doing a search when I found your question makes me feel better because my baby also is a house chicken. I think us with baby inside notice everything about them every changing aspect about them, not the best thing for a wory wart like me lol so sounds like maybe on to something with it being colder outside.
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Cooler weather and higher metabolic rate (internal thermostat) plus less water consumption might result in less fecal matter. You can try warming the water to encourage the ingestion of more water or add cooked veggies to the diet. House chickens can also be affected by shorter daylight hours, drier air due to the heat source of the house, and possible change of diet. Many folks light to spoil their house chickens with cooked oatmeal, cooked veggies, scrambled eggs and the occasional fruit. Remember to make changes in the diet very slowly. As long as your babies are eating well everything should be okay. On the other hand, decreased fecal matter and lack of appetite can indicate something more serious is going on. Kudos for your sharp eye and keen observational skills!
    Jillio likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by