Is this poop normal?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by megan634, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. megan634

    megan634 New Egg

    Jun 25, 2015
    Hi everyone. A couple weeks ago I noticed one of my golden laced wyandottes acting lethargic. She was laying down a lot, had what appeared to be diarrhea and her abdomen was a little swollen. I gave her a bath and felt around her vent but couldn't feel an egg. She has perked up a little bit in the last several days, but now one of my buff orpingtons just pooped this right in front of me. It's similar to the poop from the golden laced wyandotte. Is this just normal, watery poop because it's hot out (it's been 90 here which is hotter than they're normally used to) or could it be some kind of illness? Thanks in advance for any help!
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC!

    Diarrhea is common when it is hot outside. This picture appears the bird is over heated and possibly a bit dehydrated, maybe not eating enough either. depends on whether or not the bird ALWAYS poops like this. Birds will occasionally poop all kinds of nasty poop, depending on what they ate in the last hour, how stressed they have been or if they have a bit of indigestion. But if they poop like this ALL the time, there is definitely something going wrong. I try to judge my birds poop first thing in the morning from the over night poop. It tends to reflect the overall health of the bird since it is a collection of 8 or more hours of poop.

    So if it is pretty dry over night and looks ok, but a bird just left one like the picture above, it's no big deal. It is probably the heat and over the next few weeks, the birds will adapt to the heat.

    If they are like this all the time, the bird could be egg bound, have a crop problem such as slow, sour or impacted crop, they could be internally laying or have developed reproductive cancer. Especially liquid green poop. Not only does it turn forest green when they don't eat, but internal infections from internal laying, cancers and liver disease will cause liquid green poop. Worms can cause diarrhea, but not always. So I wouldn't suspect worms, but it is always a good idea to keep everybody wormed each year.

    So check the over night poop and see who is pooping what. And keep us posted! :)

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