Tiny white flecks in poop?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SpinningJenny, Jul 28, 2018.

  1. SpinningJenny

    SpinningJenny Chirping

    127
    47
    96
    Apr 6, 2016
    What am I looking at here? Very tiny white flecks, non-moving, about the size of the commas in this text. ( , ' ) This is a "night poop" from under the roost in the coop. Fresher poops from the day showed no signs of this. I don't know who made this poop. They bed on straw right now and I cleaned the coop out and put down nice fresh dry straw for them, maybe 2 weeks ago. No one is acting funny, one of my hens seemed a little underweight, but I saw her eating just fine and she doesn't tend to eat much when it's hot. They all were devouring blueberries I gave them yesterday so appetites are ok and new poops were 37940884_970547987712_1768344233124560896_n.jpg 37919667_970547957772_8687740897229537280_n.jpg identified by the blueberry color haha. No one's walking funny, most of the other poops seem normal.

    Could one of my girls have worms? Or are these maybe tiny seeds from something she ate that day? Maybe I should worm them all just in case. What are the current meds and dosages for worming large chickens? My girls are around 8 lbs with one fatty old 10lb lady (who doesn't lay anymore but eats like she does).
     

    Attached Files:

    True Patriot, ronott1 and Susan Dye like this.
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    24,811
    4,288
    586
    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Did you notice if the "white flecks" were moving any? If so, they are tapeworm segments. Equimax equine paste wormer will treat tapeworms. It can be found in any feed store, in the equine section.
     
    True Patriot, ronott1 and Susan Dye like this.
  3. True Patriot

    True Patriot Sanity is subjective

    921
    1,880
    272
    May 20, 2018
    Liberty Co, Georgia
    My Coop
    It could be worm segments it could be from something eaten. One isolated case is probably not panic worthy. Do you use Sweet PDZ? I noticed some white flecks in the poop here after starting to use it. I figured it was from picking up a bit of the PDZ while scratching around since I didn't see any wiggle. Looks similar to the pic you posted.
     
    dawg53 and ronott1 like this.
  4. coach723

    coach723 Crowing

    3,000
    4,829
    371
    Feb 12, 2015
    North Florida
    Picture is not a really good view, but how old are your birds and have any started molt yet this year? Sometimes feather shaft dust from new feather sheaths is mistaken for parasites.
    If you do see any that move, even a little, then tapeworm is likely.
     
    dawg53, True Patriot and ronott1 like this.
  5. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

    50,721
    86,734
    1,747
    Mar 31, 2011
    Woodland, CA
    My Coop
    Can you send in a poo sample for a float test?

    Treat based on the test results. Follow Dawgs instructions it tape worms are found
     
    dawg53 and True Patriot like this.
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    24,811
    4,288
    586
    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I could ID if it were tapeworm segments with a closer up clear photo.
     
    ronott1 likes this.
  7. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

    50,721
    86,734
    1,747
    Mar 31, 2011
    Woodland, CA
    My Coop
    I hope to see a better picture soon! Maybe the OP could get a better phone or camera.

    Would a video help too?
     
    dawg53 likes this.
  8. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    24,811
    4,288
    586
    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    If it were tapeworm segments, it would be cool watching them move around lol. It's not really necessary though.
     
    coach723 and ronott1 like this.
  9. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    39,566
    19,900
    842
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    We do love to see videos, LOL. Here are a few of tapes inside the gut, the whole tapeworm with wiggling segments, and a regular one with moving tape segments—they look more like little feet:


     
    dawg53 and ronott1 like this.
  10. SpinningJenny

    SpinningJenny Chirping

    127
    47
    96
    Apr 6, 2016
    No movement. I looked REALLY close, and nothing moved at all. Someone else said it looks like they are ON the poop, and not IN it, and perhaps they are just fly larvae?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: