Help! Poop issues!

misspoppins

In the Brooder
11 Years
Nov 20, 2008
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Alabama
Sorry if this is TMI, but:

Some of my chick's droppings are very wet and slimy (YUCK) and some of them are normal-firmish. So I'm wondering...what is normal? Is this supposed to be happening or is there something wrong with my chicks? Is there something I can feed them to fix this? All they eat right now is their feed and water...no grit, no other supplements.

Thanks for the help!
 
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Jenski

Songster
11 Years
Jun 17, 2008
2,177
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Middle Tennessee
Sounds like you have . . . normal stinky chicks.

Just wait until they are full-grown stinky chickens.


Each day a chicken will emit caecal poo - - soft, toffee-ish, extremely smelly waste from the caecum, the blind pouch(es) off the intestine. Gross but harmless. Enjoy.
 

JudyH

In the Brooder
10 Years
Feb 21, 2009
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Gulf Coast of Alabama
Well, from what I've read here, the "poo" is kinda how you can tell your chicks and chickens are doing.

But, I have to say, one thing that I noticed. For the first week, when I would handle one of the chicks (of course it would be nervous) and then I would put it back down into the brooder box, it would poo and the poo wouldn't look like normal poo. It would be more runny and wet. I kinda think that mine has nervous stomach LOL
 

Jenski

Songster
11 Years
Jun 17, 2008
2,177
18
181
Middle Tennessee
Yep, as long as you're getting a reasonable amount of "normal" poos in there (reasonably solid brownish-green with the white cap), I would not worry about the runny ones. When I let my little ones out to play, we inevitably have some runnies in all the excitement of being out . . . *sigh*
 
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misspoppins

In the Brooder
11 Years
Nov 20, 2008
90
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Alabama
Thanks guys! Very helpful!!

I'm glad to know everything is normal! And thanks for the link.
 
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ging3rhoffman

Songster
10 Years
Feb 23, 2009
1,073
16
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Speaking of poop...lol, my baby chicks are 5 days old now and seem very healthy. All of them are eating and drinking, however a few of them have poop stuck on their little fluff, when i try to hold them and pull it off they squak their heads off and i get the same results when trying to use warm water to get it off. Is there an easier method?
 

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