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Strange poop. Evidence that we are close to laying? Maybe?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Zonoma, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. Zonoma

    Zonoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today I went out and spent some time with the girls, as usual, but this time I found a strange poo in the run. It looked like a normal, healthy poo mixed with a clear fluid which reminded me of pre-cooked egg whites and a small bloody mass. I'm hoping this was just a 'practice' or 'oops' run from my older set of barnyard pullets (Orp/Black Marans, I think). Can someone confirm this or should I worry?

    EDIT: I think the oldest pullets I have should be 16 weeks.
     
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  2. sheaviance1

    sheaviance1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From my experience, it doesn't mean that laying is imminent. Mine did that in the 4-6 weeks before they started.
     
  3. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    None of my pullets have ever done this before laying. Check out Cocciciosis and watch for any more bloody stool. Now would be a good time to medicate them if necessary, so you could get the egg withdrawl over before they start laying.....or just have to pitch a few eggs.
     
  4. sheaviance1

    sheaviance1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, definitely. In my pullets, it was just egg white looking, no blood.
     
  5. Zonoma

    Zonoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, definitely. In my pullets, it was just egg white looking, no blood.

    [​IMG] Hmm. It really didn't look like the descriptions and pics I've seen of Cocciciosis - more like the shed lining pics. It does concern me, though, that it was egg white looking in your pullets and not bloody. I'll have to do some research.

    No one told me chickens required soooo much time on the computer. [​IMG]

    Thanks for the heads' up.
     
  6. ChickenBrik

    ChickenBrik Out Of The Brooder

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    I stumbled across a dropping just like that a few days ago....on the roof of the coop, where a few of the girls like to hang out. My pullets are also around 16 - 18 weeks old. I have found no other droppings with evidence of blood before or since then. They have also been on medicated grower feed since I purschased them as chicks.

    I assumed the blood was a sign of heat stress?!?

    I was going to post something about it if I found more, but nothing yet... thankfully.
     
  7. Chicky Monkey

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    That is really interesting, because, even though I didn't see blood, at least one of my 18-week old hens is suddenly dropping strange poo, too...alot like yours. And at least one of my hens (don't know which one) has started laying eggs. I've gotten three small eggs in the last week. Boy, it sure seems like there may be a connection!
     
  8. Judy

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  9. Zonoma

    Zonoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] Yep. I'm familiar with it. Looked a lot like shed lining. That's why I posted here and not in the ER forums. The thought that it might be cocci definitely took me by surprise.
     
  10. Chicky Monkey

    Chicky Monkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just LOVE this forum! I was really worried until I read these postings! Mine are all acting fine and don't act like anything is wrong, so it was a mystery to me! Thanks for everyone's input!!
     

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