I have been all over the 'net and archives here trying to figure out what this is and if I need to do something about it--and what that might be. Now I've taken some pics and I am hoping somebody here can give me a definitive answer. Best I can tell from my research is that this is shed intestinal lining (it's not deep red like plain blood, and it has a stringy consistency to it). The thing is, I have been finding lots of droppings like this for a week now, maybe 25% of all droppings out of 35 birds. I've never seen this before in my last meat bird flock or in either of my current layer flocks. What on earth would make them shed intestinal lining like this? I've watched them closely for any other signs of illness or parasite infection and they look and act perfectly normal. I haven't weighed them yet to be sure, but they seem to be gaining fine (although I am afraid this might mess with nutrient absorption if it continues). I've put a lot of time and money into these birds and I am hoping they make it to the freezer (year's supply). Any recommendations from anyone?? The first image is a fresh one; the second image is one that had been rained on, showing how the stuff remains after most of the dropping is broken down. Disgusting..I know...I'm sorry!!