Should I be worried about this? (poo pictures)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by classroomducks, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. classroomducks

    classroomducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its really smelly and splashes everywhere...at least 4 of the 8 are doing this... Too much water? Something they ate? Can i give them say banana to harden it up?

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    I would really like for them not to be doing this on our 12 hour car ride in T-minus 7 days.
     
  2. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2009
    ARIZONA
    Did you give them tomatoes? They only time I have seen my ducks have redish poo is after they ate a bunch of tomatoes. [​IMG] Hopefully someone else will have more info for you.
     
  3. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    don't worry about the wateryness of the poop... as ducks get older, their poop often includes pee as well...

    You should only worry about the colors black, bright red (when they haven't had any thing red to eat), and gray. Otherwise, color changes in poop happen mainly do to the types of food they eat.
     
  4. 688peterl

    688peterl Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    Someone around here called it the "the 7th poo" or "the every 7th poo" It's called cecal poop, I believe.

    Here's some info:

    From http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/Wilson/v107n01/p0093-p0121.pdf (it's a huge text)
    There has been confusion over how the passage of material through cecal openings is controlled,
    but it is now believed that the interdigitating meshwork of villi at the
    cecal entrance act as a filter, excluding large particles and allowing only
    fluid and fine particles to be separated and pushed from the colonic con-
    tents into the ceca by colonic antiperistalsis (Duke 1986a).



    http://wildlife.wisc.edu/faculty/karasov/publications/1997 vispo karasov interaction avian.pdf (this document covers galliformes)
    The filling of the cecum appears to involve mechanism(s) that selectively retain fluid and small particles (including bacteria).
    In some birds, fluid (urine) is refluxed by antiperistaltic contractions from the
    cloaca along the usually short colon and into the ceca. This rinses small particles
    out of the colonic contents and carries them into the ceca (Bjornhag 1989). Larger
    particles are left behind to be excreted.


    So basically what you get is a very runny, very potent smelling poop [​IMG]

    I had a hard time finding the information I was looking for... I think I was using the wrong search criteria.
     
  6. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    Quote:I was thinking the same thing Cecal poo.. Looked like what my Pekins did on the way home last night...
     
  7. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    Yup, just what they said. If they did it continuously then I'd worry.

    Laurie
     
  8. classroomducks

    classroomducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks all. Im really glad that this isnt soemthing to worry about...I have 5 days til my trip to CO and it would be a very long one with poops like that. They seem better this morning.
     
  9. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:I was thinking the same thing Cecal poo.. Looked like what my Pekins did on the way home last night...

    And brooding ducks often Poop like that when they get off the nest once or twice a day. They can hold it in untill they are away from the nest then look out!
     

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