Never saw this before . . . ?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by emmak, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. emmak

    emmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I went out to clean my chickens' droppings under their roost, instead of the usual dry multi color stuff it is dark brown and I can see larvae moving in it. So . . . is this just fly larvae, or does this mean they have internal worms? It had been a week or a little more since I'd cleaned. I've had chickens for two years now and never had this happen. Thanks for any insight/advice!
     
  2. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so glad that you started this thread. I have noticed the same problem
    in my coop as well. I like you keep my coop pretty clean. I hope that it is
    not worms buy like you had mentioned flies.
     
  3. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How big are the larvae? I think housefly larvae are about the size of a grain of uncooked rice.
     
  4. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And Emmak, were all the droppings dark brown, or just a few? If all were dark, they may have a digestive upset. Mine all got the runs from eating a can of "fish steaks"--herring, in mustard sauce. My bad.[​IMG] If it was just a few dark brown droppings, google "cecal poops" and read about that. (normal for chickens)
     
  5. emmak

    emmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @ So Lucky The larvae were about the size of large rice grains. Also, the droppings were originally normal. The darkening happened after a few days. It was like they were being composted right there in the coop.
     
  6. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Could be the flies laid eggs on the chicken poo and now your seeing them hatch!
     
  7. silky_3699

    silky_3699 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    eeewww! i was just eating! [​IMG]
     
  8. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:sorry! [​IMG]
     
  9. silky_3699

    silky_3699 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:sorry! [​IMG]

    yeah, i almost spat it out! [​IMG]
    ahhh, some things can be so gross! haha!
     
  10. BitsyB

    BitsyB Chillin' With My Peeps

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