loose stool

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by aran, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. aran

    aran Songster

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    I just noticed today that one or two of the chickens have lightish brown liquid stool which has only been the case the last couple of days according to my son. We have been giving them alot of fruit ( watermelon, bananas, tomatoes, cucumber, grapes etc lately...I wonder if this has done it or is it something worse? They are all eating well and look great.

    any thoughts?
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Could be all the treats.....or the heat! Has it been hot there? I noticed my chickens have the loose stools....but its been TERRIBLY hot here. They tend to drink alot of water, then have the loose stools. They should be ok....cut back on the watermelon ( lots of water"juice" in those)
  3. Chelly

    Chelly Cooped Up

    May 11, 2007
    My babies do that now and then - I thought it was normal !
  4. aran

    aran Songster

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    well thanks guys..i had a nightmare about coccidiosis but the birds are acting entirely normally and look fantastic...AND we have been giving them a STUPID amount of treats LOL. The birds are my 6 yr old son's and mine and his fav thing to do is give his birds treats...they are going to be obese in sure of it!
  5. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    ...sounds like a "caecal" stool to me (once a day birds will clear and this is as you describe above)
  6. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Lakeland, Ga
    Can you tell us when a "full" cecal dropping is most likely to occurr, and if fat and fiber has a role in the amount and frequency of cecal droppings?
  7. aran

    aran Songster

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    I have never heard of a cecal stool before...is this something unique to chickens?
  8. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    Quote:you say obese, like its a bad thing, Pass the popcorn please [​IMG]
  9. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    an Enteric Health article from ROSS Tech)
    "...An individual dropping appears as a rounded brown mass with a characteristic white cap of uric acid.
    In a healthy bird, these are evacuated 12-16 times
    per day. The contents of the caecal tubes are quite
    different and appear as discrete masses of dark
    brown, glutinous material. Usually these are passed once or twice per day.
    (ROSS Tech article is geared toward the commercial industry usually and are assuming the birds are only on commercial feed...free ranging birds are often a caramelly color)

    here is more info to help you identify/interpret your birds droppings:
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2007
  10. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    PSSST, Aran, I call it Splort because that's what it sounds like when it hits the rug under DH's chair. [​IMG]
    Amen, MDbucks...can you toss more butter on that.
    I was driving my DS to a friend's house and there was a funny commercial on about the Angioplasty Plate. It's a pound of potato skins with a pound of cheese and bacon..Of course, it's not a real place, but DS says he'd like to open it...The catch phrase was: So good it'll stop your heart...

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