Odd question but how soon do chicks poop?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Bantam Username, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. Bantam Username

    Bantam Username Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first chick was born yesterday, it did one poop in the incubator but its been in the brooder all day and nothing. Its been eating, and although I've dipped its beak in the water, I've not seen it drink yet. Just wondering whats normal poopwise as I've never hatched my own before, I've only had them from 4/5 weeks old previously. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    I haven't actually timed it, but it seems they poop a lot. You may want to double check to make sure they're not stopped up (pasty butt, that is called if you want to search on here).
     
  3. Bantam Username

    Bantam Username Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It doesn't look bunged up from the outside, feathers are clean etc, how do I check?
     
  4. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:if they get pasty butt, you'll see a clump of dried poo over their butts. it physically blocks them up, as opposed to true constipation which is internal and i think rare in chickens.

    they poop from the get-go. they absorb their yolk right before hatching, which is like 3 days' worth of food and water. so as they continue digesting their yolk, they will poop. and their first poops are usually an odd color, because it's yolk poo.
     
  5. Bantam Username

    Bantam Username Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should I bathe its butt in warm water later just to be sure then?
     
  6. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you've picked it up and looked closely and it hasn't got poo crusted on its butt anywhere, it won't be stopped up, so bathing it won't make any difference. I usually notice that mine take a day or so to get up to full pooping speed, so I wouldn't worry too much straight away. If it's eating and drinking it sounds fine, and I'd expect the pooping to get going pretty soon...
     
  7. Bantam Username

    Bantam Username Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks, there is absolutely no poop, clean and pink, so I'll leave the little guy to it and assume it will start in the next day or two. He's fine and active and follows my hand around as if it were mum! Lol. [​IMG]
     
  8. MEchickenfarmer33

    MEchickenfarmer33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they poop A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. Eris

    Eris Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Pooping speed [​IMG] Yes, I think it takes a day or so as well to really get everything going.
     
  10. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    When I hatch out chicks, I notice that they aren't very hungry or thirsty for the first couple of days. Hence, not much poo. I had one that wouldn't drink at all (that I could see) until the second day! And of course I dipped its beak at first.

    How is the chick doing now?
     

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