Newbie question - duck droppings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by valsey, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. valsey

    valsey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2010
    Is the consistency of duck poo supposed to be pretty loose? For instance, looser than chicken poop? This is my first attempt at duck rearing and I know that poop is a good indicator of some health issues. Just want to know what to look for.

    Thank you
  2. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2010
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Yes it can be [​IMG]
  3. valsey

    valsey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2010
    Quote:Thanks - but is that the norm? Looks loose to me, but I'm used to chickens...
  4. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2010
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    They can be very loose and watery but they tend to vary it's very normal [​IMG] On the plus size it hoses away much easier than chickens [​IMG]
  5. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Duck poop can be pretty much anything and it's perfectly fine. It can vary widely based on what they are eating, how much they're drinking, what mood they're in, and whether it's sunny out (ha!). About the only thing all duck poop has in common is that it's gross.

    Watery is fine. I don't worry about my ducks unless they start acting strange. Hope that helps!
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  6. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    Feed watermelon and then notice the duck poop... nasty LOL

    The only consistency we have here is usually at least one of the three girls will poop a big ol nasty poop as soon as I let them out of the duck house in the morning. Sometimes it is a huge pile/mound, other times it is a nasty huge puddle. But every day, somebody poops as soon as they get out of their house.
  7. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    my babies have been getting outside in this nice weather...they think its great to eat tons of mud and then poop out nasty black charchoaly looking thats gross [​IMG], or give them loads of peas, you will have bright green poop [​IMG]
  8. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    the worst is giving them gold fish or eggs... then it's the absolute most stinky poo you'll ever encounter!

    Pretty much any color, consistency, and smell is normal, unless you notice-

    It's always (every time) nothing but white or clear water, looks to have blood in it (but you might have to put on some gloves to do the inspecting, eating tomatoes can look like blood), or if it's always really slimy black colored (unless you know they've been eating dirt... but it should be too slimy then) ... those are usually the only bad signs. Otherwise, it's just a random mixture of number 2 and number 1 coming out at the same time.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2011
  9. Captain Carrot

    Captain Carrot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2011
    They start pooping as soon as I walk into the shed to lock them up at night....all 7 of them one after the other.

    Really loud farting noises and then poop. Sometimes it's very loose other times not so much. It never looks like chicken poop though.
  10. veronicasmom

    veronicasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2009
    Our duck's poop is different consistencies all the time. Different colors, different amounts.
    It occurs to me that I spend an inordinate amount of time inspecting poop. Ducks, dogs, horses, goats, rabbit guinea pigs, chinchilla, cats. Sheesh. I am always looking for too much, too little, too runny, weird colors, weird things in it (dogs mostly). I do have a full life:confused:

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