Orangey foamy poop, slightly soft droppings

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Renee, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    CALIFORNIA
    Hi all,

    Quasimodo ( 1 year, i month old)has had slightly soft droppings for about two weeks now. Not soupy or runny, just sorta soft.

    Today I found two orangey/mustard colored foamy poops, one beneath the roost and one in the run.

    She looks fabulous, not acting funny.

    Feed is layer pellets, vitamin supplements, free water, food, and oyster shell. Morning a tiny handful of scratch for three chickens. Occasional greens and free ranging in the yard for an hour or two.

    I clean the coop and run daily.

    Three hens, all bought from Ideal as chicks, I have never had chickens before. No lice, no mites.

    They have never been wormed. There are no worms in the poop, her comb is bright red, she's not losing weight.

    Any ideas?
     
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2009
  2. emilyweck

    emilyweck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you take a picture of it?
     
  3. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    by cleaning the coop daily

    what do you mean?
    are they never left with old litter at all?
    chickens need any moist litter removed but do need to acclimate to the old litter

    also the things you feed them denote the color of the manure

    how do you know which chickeen did the orange foamy manure?
     
  4. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    CALIFORNIA
    Hi Emily and Glenda,

    1. I cannot take a photo, my camera battery went dead yesterday (of course!). I'll try to borrow a camera and get a photo this afternoon.

    2. There is no litter in my coop or run. One chicken (she died) ate too much of it and got an impacted crop so I removed it.

    I scoop all droppings out of the coop in the morning when I let the girls out into their yard and scrub the floor with a detergent and water.

    The run has sand in it, and I scoop the poop out every morning with a kitty-litter scooper.

    They have a small dirt yard, and I scoop all of the droppings out every morning.

    I know, I'm a clean freak. It's embarrassing.

    3. I do not know for sure she is the one with the funny poop, but it was beneath her roosting spot. The other two look just as chipper- red combs and wattles, no weight loss, no worms in poop, no lice or mites.

    They have had no treats for several days and are on the same organic layer pellets as usual.

    Thank you to both of you for responding.
     
  5. emilyweck

    emilyweck Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    CALIFORNIA
    Thanks for the photos, Emily!
    It looked much more like the normal photo than the other (wow, now that's some foamy poop!) but not like the normal cecal poop I usually find.

    I guess I am so "het up" about this because I have been reading all of the posts on worms, and I am nervous about never having wormed them, and I am also nervous about the lack of FDA approved chicken-specific wormers for egg-layers.

    I'll still try to get a photo.
     
  7. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I personally think you are realling from anixiety and need to calm down
    if the chickens need wormed try and go to the feed store and get some peperzine or wazine
    it is a chemical BUT IMPORTANTLY
    will go to the blood stream of the chickens and kill the worm larvea and should kill the adult worms in the gut

    now if you want to use DE in the feed I would do so
    it will knick the adult worms and then they dehydrate and dry up and go to the protein content of the birds body

    thus you will be okay
    as you clean the chicken pen and house the chickens surely don't become immuned to any thing else
    you cam email me PM for more help
     

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