Too much poo

jailerjoe

Chirping
5 Years
Apr 19, 2014
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10
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Near Park Rapids Minnesota
Hello,

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?

Thanks,

Joe
 
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katelk

Songster
6 Years
May 6, 2013
412
11
111
White Bluff, TN
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!
 

CrazyTalk

Songster
5 Years
Jun 10, 2014
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336
148
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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