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Large poop/ Bloody poop - 4week old chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by TAG82, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. TAG82

    TAG82 Hatching

    Mar 20, 2017

    I'm a new 1st time mom to eight 4week old chickens ( 2 Black Australorps, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Rhode Island Reds, and 2 Golden Laced Wyandotte). I have two issues, and would appreciate any and all advice.

    First poop issue, one of my reds has been having an issues where her poop is too big for her bottom. She will cry and peck her bottom when the poop gets stuck from its size. If I hear her having this issue I pick her up and help gently squeeze the poop from her bottom for her. I have started to add a yogurt and apple sauce crumble mix option for them to eat a long side their normal medicated crumbles. (This was started in hopes of adding moisture to their diet to help her poop soften.) They also have probiotic water and chic grit. Her large poop issue started at about 3weeks and has been continuing for about a week now (I've had chicks since about 2weeks old and first week no big poop issues). Not sure if this normal and something she might grow out of? Or if anyone has ideas how to help her?

    Second issue Is today while they where having some floor and treat time (small amount of bread, yogurt, apple sauce and crumbles mix) I noticed one poop was runny/solid and had some blood in it (see pictures). I did not see which chick did the poop :( sadly. I don't know if this could be related to the chick having too big poops or not. This is the first time I have seen any type of bloody poop and I clean their brooder daily and they have floor time once to twice a day so I see quite a bit of their poop. Not at all sure is this could be normal. Please help, this blood poop scared me and I would like to know what to do for my little girls.


  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, TAG82, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community but sorry you are having chicken poop issues. Here are a couple links that may assist you. The first is the aptly named but still ghastly Poop Chart. You may cross reference the images with what you are seeing with your bird: http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=17568.0
    On the too large poop, is it too large or is there a dried up poop blockage (pasty butt)?
    You also might post in the Emergencies Forum here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures
    Someone there may have some advice for you.
    Or the Baby Chicks Forum here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/11/raising-baby-chicks
    Hope you find some solutions! Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!! [​IMG]
    jc_d1 likes this.
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under TAG82 [​IMG] Welcome!

    Sorry, I am not an expert on what ails chickens but it could be Coccidiosis. The ER Forum redsoxs gave you a link to is your best bet.

    Best wishes to you and your little ones.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you ‘Find your State’s thread.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Hope the poop issues are resolved soon.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

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