Chicks with runny poop

Txboi83

In the Brooder
8 Years
Aug 29, 2011
16
1
22
Dallas
Hi I have four three week old chicks that have runny poop there's no blood in it and my chicks seem happy and healthy except for their poop Im not sure if it happens every time they poop because I see in there litter some normal droppings but I've noticed this problem for the past week please help thanks
 

ronikins

Songster
9 Years
Apr 18, 2010
146
6
121
SW Missouri (Ozarks)
Could you post a picture of the poop?

They poop and pee in the same movement. Sometimes, when they drink a little too much water, the poop will be runnier than normal.
 

chicmom

Dances with Chickens
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
8,696
275
316
Strasburg Ohio
Hello,

If it's a sort of diahrrea looking, dark brown or butterscotch colored, stinky, sticky poo, then that is totally normal. It's called cecal droppings. All chicks and chickens will have that, and I've noticed with my chicks, when they get excited, they poo that runny stuff quite often.

Nothing to worry about!


Just kinda gross and stinky!
 

MiaHudy

In the Brooder
6 Years
Mar 9, 2013
53
1
41
So Cal (sorta), California
I just found this thread! My four week old chick seems to have runny poops frequently, but based on the "Poop Chart' it seems rather normal. So thanks to whomever posted this! I have the chart bookmarked now.
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CoolClucker

Songster
7 Years
Mar 10, 2013
134
10
146
Indiana USA
Hello,

If it's a sort of diahrrea looking, dark brown or butterscotch colored, stinky, sticky poo, then that is totally normal. It's called cecal droppings. All chicks and chickens will have that, and I've noticed with my chicks, when they get excited, they poo that runny stuff quite often.

Nothing to worry about!


Just kinda gross and stinky!
Thank you for posting this! This is EXACTLY what is going on with my babies! I keep them in my garage and lately they've been so full of energy I thought I'd let them roam around a bit outside their cardboard brooder. A few of them had this and it was exactly as you described, and must've been from the excitement of exploring. Whew! Thanks again
 

Baileyje

Hatching
5 Years
Jan 30, 2014
9
0
7
Oregon
Thank you for the link to the poop chart. I guess I'm not surprised one exists, but I never would have thought to look for it. The pics were very helpful. Being a newbie with chickens I have been worried a few times about the color/consistency of their poop. It was reassuring to see photos of the range for normal. Thanks again,!
 

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