Foam-covered poop from four-day-old... is this bad?

my three chickens

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I have a lovely little Australorp, hatched on Sunday. She is active and healthy-seeming, though she doesn't eat as much as the rest and is smaller than everyone. What concerns me is that her poo is always covered with foamy brown liquid (bubbly like spit, to be graphic), and sometimes it's only the foamy liquid, no poo. But she doesn't really seem sick. Thoughts? Should I be worried?

(The other Australorp in my group of six mixed chicks also had some foaminess, but it seems to have gone away.)
 

Josie

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My baby chicks squeeze some nasty stuff out of that end, sometimes with equally appetizing sounds so it doesn't sound too alarming to me, but if you are really concerned you could post a pic. There are enough experts on this site that would have ideas.
 

silkiechicken

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As long as it is not every poo it should be fine. Are they raised in a brooder indoors? or on soil brooder outdoors? If indoors, I say no worries. A few bad smelly, creamy, bubly, slimy, chunky poo's are not to worry. Worry if ALL the poos are that way from the same chick and it becomes lethargic.
 

my three chickens

In the Brooder
12 Years
Jan 13, 2008
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Hm. Yes, it's an indoor brooder. And yes, in fact, it seems to be every poop (at least every one I see). I'll keep an eye on it for another day and if it continues then I'll post a picture. Thanks!
 

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