Poop Experts, Please!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chiknhurder, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. chiknhurder

    chiknhurder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been finding a few spots lately that look like this. Is it normal or what? Is this poop cause for concern?

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  2. hiddenflock

    hiddenflock Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm pretty sure we have poops like the top pic in our coop. The top one, at least, looks normal to me.
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I think they are normal.
     
  4. chiknhurder

    chiknhurder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never seen black poop before. I guess there's a first time for everything.
     
  5. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

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    I have seen cecal poop this dark before, on occasion. Does it smell especially terrible? Cecal poops always do. They come directly from the satanic gland in a chicken (not really but it seems like it).

    Anyhow, I suspect they are normal.
     
  6. chiknhurder

    chiknhurder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't really smelled it.
     
  7. Bogtown Chick

    Bogtown Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    Cecal poops...They look normal to me. The darker the poo the higher the nitrogen level (good for gardens!) and the smell factor. I think sometimes I'll see darker poos after I've fed the dark shelled BOSS too. Have you been feeding black sunflower seeds by chance? LOL.
     
  8. chiknhurder

    chiknhurder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nothing special other than some alfalfa hay.
     
  9. Bogtown Chick

    Bogtown Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    Alfalfa is the reason you are seeing that poo probably a little more. It's usually higher in protein. I know these are different animals but it's usually given in moderation to horses and really only used for work or race horses. Usually the first spring cutting is higher in protein levels and second cutting is less "potent". I'm sure your chooks are loving it...but probably give it in moderation.
     
  10. chiknhurder

    chiknhurder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After doing some work today in their pen, I had forgotten that I'd thrown some raw beets out to them along with some broccoli stems and cabbage. That's probably it.
     
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