Lethargic chickens, odd poo


In the Brooder
6 Years
Jul 4, 2013
Hey guys! So I recently took in two pullets, around two months old, and they are acting very lethargic and nothing like chickens should. I gave them some sugar water and they livened up slightly.
They have produced faeces that look like different to any I've seen before. Here's a pic:

Is this normal?
The picture is blurry but it looks like there could be little white dots in the poop? The one on the right even looks like there could be a small worm in the center....but it's hard to know what we're seeing for sure. I wouldn't think at only 8 weeks old they'd have a heavy worm load but it's certainly possible. Where did you get them?

Coccidiosis is also a concern at their young age and with being moved to a new home. I think I'd treat for that first since it can be deadly in a very short amount of time, then deworm them with something effective like Valbazen with a repeat in 10 days.
Yes, you may need to dissect a little just to make sure there are no worms especially getting them at that age... Plus stressing of moving could cause a little difference...
However, I researched a bit on chicken poop because of my worry when we got chickens. There is a huge variety of what is considered "normal" with chicken poop. different looks and textures of chicken poop is very normal.
I would definitely treat those 2 with Corid or amprollium (2 tsp liquid or 1 tsp per gallon for 5 days) simple because you may have a new strain of coccidiosis (there are 9 of them) in your ground that they have no immunity to. After treatment give vitamins and probiotics for a couple of weeks. Here is the famous poop page: http://chat.allotment.org/index.php?topic=17568.0
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It is hard to see any worms in the picture because it is out of focus. Maybe backing up with your camera would help.
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Thanks for all the replies.
Yes, the stool did have white dots in. I will probably treat for coccidiosis then, and have some wormer on hand. I may take a clearer picture in the morning.

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