The Poop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by danamillette, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. danamillette

    danamillette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Morning! This sounds strange, but I am new to being a chicken mommy! I love it and am probably over analyzing things [​IMG] My question is, what is the poop supposed to be like? This stems from my worries that they are eating/drinking enough. I suppose if there is poo, that they are getting enough to eat, but when I first got them, it seemed a bit runnier, and now seems dry. I have a trough feeder hanging in the coop at an acceptable height, but have yet to actually see them eat out of it. I also have the waterer in the coop as well. They were free ranging when I got them and are now in a run. I have tossed cupfuls of feed into the run and they gobble it up. Maybe they think it's a treat? I dont know, but they seem pretty ravenous when I do this. I also havent had any eggs in a few days. Any opinions?
     
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    There are a couple different types of chicken poo:

    1. normal/typical - it's firm, brown with white urea (bird "pee") on it, and looks like it was excreted through a round nozzle

    2. cecal - stinky, stinky, stinky! This is runny and you will know it when you see it. OMG it stinks. It comes from a loop in their intestines. Did I mention it smells bad? It's normal, too. Happens roughly every 5-6 poops.

    3. bright green - indicates bird is not eating enough and dropping is green due to bile not being sufficiently diluted by excrement

    4. diarhea - different from cecal because of frequency

    5. bloody - indicates serious problem, potentially cocci

    6. watery - indication of too many treats with high moisture content. My girls get this when they eat too many grapes.
     
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  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    OMG... who knew I'd learn so much about chicken poo in a mere 5 months...?
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  4. cthrash1

    cthrash1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    JennsPeeps: Glad you responded to this question...I was wondering too. Explains a few things, thought mine were wormy or something. Paranoid I guess.
     
  5. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

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    Quote:Glad to know there is a resident "Poopspert" [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    I didn't add wormy to the list because I forgot about it. I haven't seen it, but have heard that wormy poop is pretty obvious due to the presence of, well, worms.
     
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    JennsPeeps, I think you answered about 2,547 peoples questions and worries about their chicken poo. [​IMG]
     
  8. Picky Chicky

    Picky Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whoa. That was some interesting scoop on the poop!

    I've never seen the show, but I've heard that there is a "Poop Expert" on one of the afternoon talk shows that comes on every so often talking about how your poop should look like... yikes! [​IMG]

    I think the chicken poop expert is much more interesting. [​IMG]
     
  9. moenmitz

    moenmitz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow that was helpful. I have 150 chickens running around, and I see every imaginable kind of poo! I was worried that soemthing might not be right with some of them, because of the vast differences I saw...but now, thanks to your fantastic explanations, I know that different poo is most likely just....different poo! Really, thank you for putting my mind at ease!
     
  10. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Quote:No one can ever say that you don't know s---t. Great post I'm sure a lot of readers appreciated it.
     

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