Poop looks like pancake mix

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by suzannaski, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. suzannaski

    suzannaski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi
    I'm hoping there is a quick answer for this. I looked up everything I could about poop in BYC and the internet, but nothing described poop like what I'm seeing.
    A day or two ago, I noticed what I thought was a drop of spray foam insulation in the run, then I realized it was a poop. The next day they were all pooping what I now describe as thick pancake mix.
    The chickens are all acting healthy- good appetites, active.
    There was one afternoon when they had run out of water before feeding time.
    I feed them organic layer pellets and all natural crumbles. Previously they had regular crumbles from a different but reputable manufacturer.
    This past week, I've supplemented the feed with:
    -some fruit, but that's never bothered them before.
    -a leftover packet of cream cheese from Dunkin Donuts.
    -a couple ears of corn to peck at
    -grass/weed clippings
    -a small pumpkin, broken open so they could eat the seeds
    -a mix of electrolytes, crumbles and water for the two cross-beaked pullets, but of course everyone has to taste...

    One article said it could be malnutrition that causes bulky poop, nothing on what to do about it
    Another article said it was protozoans
    A third said it was mito-somethings..I forgot, I remember thinking that was weird because I thought mitochondrians lived inside cells.
     
  2. bturbo87

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  3. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

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    Sounds like a ceacal poo, which is normal [​IMG] Check out the poo chart. Anything look familiar?
     
  4. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they have worms? If not, it could be the change in your feed. When you change feed, it's like with any animal, you have to make the change gradually, or it can upset their system. It's normal for chickens to have this kind of poop, but if it's a continual thing, there may be a problem.
     
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  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    My guess is too much supplement, though you didn't say how many chickens. I have read to limit any treats or supplements to 10% of their diet. The rest should be feed or forage.
     
  6. suzannaski

    suzannaski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi
    If you're referring to dhunicorn's poo chart, yes, that is where I got my three possible causes. The poo change does coincide with the change in crumbles. I'll watch and hopefully that's the cause. Yes, the treats are more than 10%, now that it is harvest time, and I've been feeling guilty for not letting them free range as much ( hawks are everywhere now).
    Is there another poo chart with pics?
     
  7. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Given the title of this post I don't think I'll be coming to your house for breakfast.
     
  8. suzannaski

    suzannaski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I won't be having pancakes anytime soon.
    It does look like the poo in the chart for blackhead that was linked
    earlier (THANKS BTURBO87!)
    How do they get that all of a sudden?
     
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  10. suzannaski

    suzannaski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Ddawn, I'd found it. Wonder why it didn't come up in my initial search, though.
    Anyway, the problem seems to have vanished. All poop is back to mostly normal.
     

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