Small white grains in poop?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TheWolfRaven, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. TheWolfRaven

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    What are they? Are they harmful? What can I do to prevent them?
    I found them whilst cleaning out chicken poop today.
    All chickens are fine and all still laying eggs.
     
  2. Ravynscroft

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    Looks like sand, but could be eggs of some kind, maybe? I dunno...

    @casportpony is the poo expert, lol... can you lend any of your expertise, Kathy, please?
     
  3. TheWolfRaven

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    They're all very even, rectangular and white. Like miniture grains of rice
     
  4. Ravynscroft

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    Did you try squishing any of them? See if they were hard granules or if they pop?
     
  5. TheWolfRaven

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    No... I threw them out after I snapped the picture.
     
  6. Ravynscroft

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    I'd check that tomorrow if I were you... might tell you whether it's eggs of something or not...
     
  7. Thechickymama

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    Did you ever figure out what this is? I had 1 girl with this in her poop about 3 days ago. I thought maybe oyster shell? Now I have 3 piles with it in them. I checked all girls and 2 have mites. I will treat right away. Could this be the cause?
     
  8. theartsypaul

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    I am in the process of dealing with tapeworms and everything I read says "looks like grains of rice..." so I would treat for tapeworms. Or a least google tapeworms and chickens and see if you see anything familiar.
     
  9. theartsypaul

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    Tapeworms
     
  10. TheWolfRaven

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    *update
    The day after I found this I found nothing like it ever again.
    I had them in the laundry for a while as the coop had been flooded in the rain- all poop was fine, save one that was runny.

    Never did figure it out- no mites, and no more signs that it was worms.

    Might have been maggots or maggot eggs, but the coop has had several cleanings and airings since.
     

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