Too much poo


5 Years
Apr 19, 2014
Near Park Rapids Minnesota

Newbie chicken question. I use the deep litter method and typically rake my coop once or twice a week. Today, when I went out to rake I noticed substantially more poop beneath the roost then normal. Like a like more. Big clumps of it. The only change to my chickens diet this week was that I cut a pumpkin in half and gave it to them. They loved it. I've read that pumpkin is a natural wormer so figured what the heck.

Their typical diet consists of layer mash, oyster shell, a bit of scratch and the occasional treat: watermelon rind, sprouted seeds/grains, corn on the cob, tomatoes from the garden, etc. They typically spend two thirds or so of the day in the coop/run and a third free ranging.

Could the pumpkin be the cause of the massive increase in poop?


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I agree with Mary. The poops will increase when they have access to yummy treats like that. Another thing to note is that with pumpkin, it is also totally normal to see some bright orange poos!
Pumpkin is not a wormer - there's been quite a bit of research on it, and it actually led to higher worm loads in most livestock - most likely because its a laxative and constantly being fed laxatives is tough on any animal.

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