Too much poo

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jailerjoe, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. jailerjoe

    jailerjoe Chirping


    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?


    Last edited: Sep 28, 2014
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Yes! They probably ate a lot because it's so tasty, no harm done. Mary
  3. katelk

    katelk Songster

    May 6, 2013
    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!
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    How old are they?
    Pullet poops are nothing compared to layer poops, they triple in size!
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Any chance you had birds that weren't sleeping on the roost, that started? That would be my other thought.
  6. jailerjoe

    jailerjoe Chirping

    We got them as week old chicks April 6th.
  7. jailerjoe

    jailerjoe Chirping

    Nope. They all sleep on the roost.
  8. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Songster

    Jun 10, 2014
    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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