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HELP! WEIRD POOP!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Becksyboo, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. Becksyboo

    Becksyboo Just Hatched

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    I'm very concerned for my 4 month old chicken! When it poops it's almost all clear watery stuff with a few tiny specs of poop. I've noticed this for a while now, Is this serious?
     
  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Hi. [​IMG]

    It sounds serious to me. How many chicks do you have? Are they all doing this? Any other symptoms? How long do you mean by a while (week, month, days)? Do they free range or what is their housing situation? What are you feeding?

    You might be able to use the search bar, I know there is a chart with poo pics and what they indicate.

    We will need more info to help so answering the questions would be a good start.

    Good luck!
     
  3. Becksyboo

    Becksyboo Just Hatched

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    There is only 2 chicks and they live with the main flock in a coop and have a big pen to scratch around. The other chicks poop seems to be normal or perhaps a bit on the softer side, my older hens have normal droppings. I have been noticing it for a week maybe a little longer. The only thing I can think of is that they eat the layers pellets that my other hens eat. Hope that's a bit more information
    Thankyou!
     
  4. ambergds

    ambergds Out Of The Brooder

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    I have the same thing going on. I have a few chickens with watery poop. I tried probiotics with no improvement so today I sent in a stool sample to a local vet for a fecal floot test to get this figured out. Some of my thoughts are a possible bacteria infection or worms or coccidiosis? I will know hopefully this afternoon.
    Can you get some poop and take it to a vet for testing?
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Can you post some photos of the poop?
    Have the chicks started laying eggs yet?
    How long have they been eating layer pellets?

    You may want to consider feeding an all flock/flock raiser formula until they come into lay. Excess calcium may not be too good for the chick. This could be the cause, but as suggested, a fecal sample taken to the vet will be helpful.

    Also what is your weather like, is it extremely hot where you are? Could be just drinking more than normal due to weather.
    Another possibility is to check her crop - any impaction or sour smell to the crop?

    I feed an all flock/flock raiser to all my birds regardless of gender or age. I provide oyster shell free choice for the hens.
     
  6. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    I would switch the food as soon as possible.

    Actually, I agree with @Wyorp Rock .... Good questions and suggestions.

    Too much calcium is definitely not good! It can cause problems for sure, including kidney issues. You can also feed hens the chick feed (un-medicated) and provide oyster shell on the side whether you go with flock raiser/all flock or the starter. Your hens will use it but the chicks will leave it alone.

    I also use all flock/flock raiser and oyster shell on the side. Plus I ferment the feed. There is a difference between the two formulas. I haven't decided which one or brand that I like yet. I spend time going to the different 2 LFS and comparing nutrient value and ingredients.
     
  7. ambergds

    ambergds Out Of The Brooder

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    My fecal float came back with roundworms. Which surprised me since I wormed them this spring and I live in a dry climate. I will be treating with safeguard. When is the last time you wormed your flock?
     
  8. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Thanks for sharing.

    I bought a microscope so I can run my own tests since I have 3 dogs, 2 goats, and 48 chickens. $25 is how much a float at my vet costs so it adds up fast. And I hate to treat for something I might not have.

    Aside from your dry environment, do you have other animals on site?
     
  9. Becksyboo

    Becksyboo Just Hatched

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    Thanks for all the advice guys. I will try get photos but it is practically water so you can't really see it. I haven't wormed the chicks yet so it could possibly be worms? Apart from the poop they look healthy so I didn't think the food would bother them but I shall change that and see if it helps [​IMG]
     
  10. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    She looks bright and perky.

    The watery poo could be due to weather especially if it is hot and she is drinking a lot of water.

    http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=17568.0
     

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