Runny chocolate-brown poo in 3 week old chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sledzeppelin, May 7, 2008.

  1. sledzeppelin

    sledzeppelin In the Brooder

    Sep 21, 2007
    Embarrass, MN
    I've been checking the archives and I'm not terribly worried, but I wanted to post with my specific situation and make sure.

    I have 8 three week old chicks. Most of the poo in their enclosure is nice little turds, but I see the occasional pile of reddish-brown (not reddish like blood - just sort of a maroonish brown color) poo. Almost every time I go downstairs and check on them, one of them will poop like that, and man does it smell. It's like me disturbing them causes them to do it. None of them are acting weird. Is this cecal poo? And if so, is that normal?

    I seem to remember reading that runny poo can be caused by the chicks being too cold. Is that true?


  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Sounds and sounds like it smells like cecal poo.
  3. Jolyn

    Jolyn Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Mine have that sometimes too. I think it is normal for them to have a poo like that once in awhile. As long as mine are eating, drinking, sleeping and acting normal i don't worry about it.

    Oh and i do remember someone posting something similar to your post.....After i read that post was when i relaxed about it.
    Last edited: May 7, 2008
  4. sledzeppelin

    sledzeppelin In the Brooder

    Sep 21, 2007
    Embarrass, MN
    Thanks everyone!
  5. moniquem

    moniquem Songster

    Feb 3, 2013
    I know this is an old post but is this normal?
  6. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    Yep, they do it as chicks and adults. Cecal poo reeks and looks scary, but it's perfectly normal.

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