What are these white,fingernail type speckles I see in their poop pan?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by loriensmom, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. loriensmom

    loriensmom Hatching

    May 21, 2007
    In the last few weeks I have noticed something new in the poop pan under the chicken's roost. I have 4 hens and a rooster and every day when I clean out their
    pan, there are a lot of white pieces that look like finger nail pieces. They are small and are probably the white parts of the feather shafts. Any idea what could be causing this? I'm worried it is a health issue. Thanks!! Karen:/

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Got any pics?
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Are they moulting? If they are moulting, they'll drop tons of little feather sheath junk.
  4. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    That's what it sound like, feather shaft stuffs. When they molt or preen themselves they have that. Don't panic it's perfectly ok.
  5. sunnydee

    sunnydee Songster

    Jul 17, 2008
    Do they look like dried up worms?

  6. loriensmom

    loriensmom Hatching

    May 21, 2007
    Thanks for the quick responses! I will get a picture in the next few days. They do not look like dried up worms, but speaking of critters, what would a mite or parasite infection look like? I know it depends on what type. Also, do chickens molt in the winter? They haven't molted yet and are 1-1/2 yr old. Karen

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