goobery poo

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by erinschickens, May 20, 2008.

  1. erinschickens

    erinschickens Hatching

    May 4, 2008
    I have four little chicks.... about 4 weeks old.

    Ever since I got them, there has been one that has been making a messy poo, but I've never been able to catch her in the act.

    I was finally successful tonight. She's my little New Hampshire. Her poops are normal looking for the first 1/5 with the following 4/5 a totally gross little slug of brownish-reddish ick. I can't be sure if there's blood or not, and although at one point one of them had a little blood speckled poo, I don't think there's blood present in these goobers.

    Any ideas? One more thing to note: this little one has been extremely "mouthy"--a non-stop cheeper--since she was a wee little thing. But she doesn't seem otherwise unhappy or uncomfortable, and eats and drinks well, and is growing, and also really likes to cuddle down in the cup of your hand for a rest.

    Thanks for the ideas.
  2. WillsMama93

    WillsMama93 Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    Shreveport, La
    It's normal poo.. probably all your chicks are doing it occasionally. I think it's called cecal poo.. might try to search for other posts on the subject. My Chicks do it all the time... usually on my rug, or couch, when it's the most inconvenient!!

    And boy, is it STINKY!!
  3. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    I dunno,,,, if there's any blood I'd be worried. We just had a dx of coccidiosis in our tiny flock of chicks (4). After that scare I personally would bring a fecal sample to a vet for a fecal float test, if I were you. Better safe than sorry. Also, not to be alarmist, but when our chicks were brand new, there was one really mouthy crying cheeper who seemed just fine at first but got sick very suddenly and she ended up dying. There was definitely something wrong with her.

    We were feeding 100% organics, non-medicated feed, and the chicks had not been vaccinated for cocci, nor exposed to it at an early age via dirt or dampness, as in a larger farm-type operation.

    Willsmama93 is right about the cecal poo, but it's not every time they poo. if this is a common occurence, if you're not feeding medicated feed, and if there's blood in the poop, I say get the fecal test done... just my 2 cents.

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