Does this poop look normal? Or is it a sign of illness?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by brummie, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. brummie

    brummie Chillin' With My Peeps

    175
    4
    73
    Aug 30, 2013
    This morning I find this really runny poop on the droppings board in 2 different places, mostly likely from 2 different hens. Is this runny poo normal or is it a sign of some problem? All chickens seemed normal and active this morning.

    First runny poop

    [​IMG]

    Second runny poop.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2013
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    34,028
    452
    448
    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  3. brummie

    brummie Chillin' With My Peeps

    175
    4
    73
    Aug 30, 2013
    Thanks for response. However the entire reason I even asked was because I had seen that link you posted, and all the watery/runny ones seemed to indicate something "wrong". Maybe I'm just seeing things (because I'm worried) but doesn't the poop in my pictures look a bit like this or this from that link?
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2013
  4. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,997
    28
    181
    May 15, 2009
    Just keep an eye on them and their poops. So funny to type that. I've noticed that depending on what treats I give my girls their poops can change for a day. Trimmings from the garden like tomatoes, baseball size zucchini, swiss chard trimmings, watermelon rinds etc.

    Once I gave them left over cooked beet greens and beets and the next day their poops were reddish. Freaked me out until I noticed one of them with beet goop on her beak. [​IMG]
     
  5. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,419
    319
    198
    Aug 4, 2013
    They say that normally they will have runny ones ever 5 or so times. I can't remember the exact number off the top of my head. It does also depend on what they are eating. If it is an all the time thing I would check them over to see if there were any problems, but every now and then don't worry.
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

    56,778
    11,620
    751
    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    Many of those "normal" poops are not normal, so I wouldn't bet the life of my bird on pictures from sites like that.

    These types of poops usually mean coccidiosis or worms in my flock, but they are labeled as normal in that link:
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]


    And this type usually means coccidiosis or blackhead in my flock, but they are labeled as normal in that link:
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]


    If you're worried about a bird, put it in a in a place where you can see a 24 hour sample set of poop, that will help you get a better idea of how healthy it is.
    The majority of poop should be well formed with a white cap.


    -Kathy

    Disclaimer: I'm no expert, but I have had several birds in "hospital" cages in the last two years, so I've seen lots of poop, lol.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2013
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

    56,778
    11,620
    751
    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    Have you wormed them lately? That might be a good thing to do.

    -Kathy
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by