foam poop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DirtCreature, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. DirtCreature

    DirtCreature Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2011
    Olympia, Washington
    i currently have 13 chick in one big brooder, some are pooping foam, idk if its the same one every time or just some of them some of the time, and now one of my chicks is acting kinda funny.

    She is acting sleepy, but not just run around crazy chick then take a nap sleepy, it seems like she isnt affraid of me sleepy, the other chicks will run away from my hand, she will just sit there, and what i pick her up she just lays there not even trying to get away of struggle of any kind....

    Im worried about her, and we only have one avain vet local and she is always super/too busy to help it seems.

    any thoughts? im going out to the brooder now to add cider vinegar to the water.

    Thanks. Melissa
  2. OreoPlymothRock

    OreoPlymothRock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2012
    check this out


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    Picture taken by Catsmuvva

    These last three pictures have shed intestinal lining in them - quite normal, not a cause for concern.

    Coral coloured Urates


    These are frequently deposited overnight and are quite normal

    Oily and Foamy

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    The range of "Normal" is huge :shock:


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    These are produced from the caecum of the chicken and are mustard to dark brown froth. They are expelled every 8 to 10 droppings.

    Fly Maggots

    (picture curtesy of Vember)

    Flies will lay their eggs on moist chicken poo and in warm weather they will very quickly hatch into small maggots.



    Watery droppings can be produced by hens which are too hot. It can be a way for them to cool down by drinking a lot and losing some of their heat in frequent wet droppings. It can also be a sign that the hens are not eating enough too.

    Abnormal poos


    Coccidiosis produces blood in faeces.


    The hen who produced this specimen was an older bird who became very thirsty.
    She is producing a large amount of watery urates the cause of which is unknown, but could possibly be a kidney problem.


    The hen who produced this specimen was about 25 weeks old. She went off her food and ate so little she became underweight. She held her tail down and was tired. She may have had worms and/or egg peritonitis.


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    picture taken by smiler43 picture taken by Lindeggs

    Sulphur yellow, foamy dropping can bea sign of Blackhead (Histamonosis) which is caused by a protozoan parasite infecting the gut. It is however rare in back yard hens !

    This picture was taken after 2 days treatment with flubenvet. The worms are probably Ascaridia galli, they don't cause much harm to the birds unless they are present in large numbers. It is not unkown for them to enter the reproductive tract from the digestive tract via the vent and be found inside an egg :shock:
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2012

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