What is cecal poop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ksmith, May 25, 2010.

  1. ksmith

    ksmith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like is it the same as just poop?? I'm not sure! thanks!!
     
  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    It's the brown runny poop that stinks really bad. They do it about every 8-10 poops. If it were not from the cecal poop I don't think they would ever stink.
     
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  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A chicken's intestine has two little pouchlike places called ceca (cecum, singular form). Bacteria in these pouches help to digest particularly woody, fibrous or tough bits of food that the chicken ingests. The food kind of marinates here for a while (ugh!) so the chicken can extract as much of the nutrients as possible. Chickens don't waste much!

    I've often wondered whether this was the original use for our appendix.
     
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  4. St-Hubert

    St-Hubert Chicken Convert

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    I was curious about an explanation for this as well. Thank you for the info!

    And yeah....mercy do those stink!
     
  5. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    COOL!! My friends have gotten used to me sharing all that I am learning bout chickens, wait till they hear this latest bit of chicken facts.[​IMG]
     
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  6. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Avian biology is fascinating to me. A few years ago when I turned 50 I bought myself a big birthday present. I got the Cornell Handbook of Bird Biology (just the book, not the course):

    http://www.birds.cornell.edu/homestudy

    Amazing stuff in there. The only problem with the book is it's so big and heavy.
     
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  7. Tammy N

    Tammy N Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought they had worms Sorry girls LOL thanks so much for the info
     
  8. Jenkong

    Jenkong New Egg

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    I thought something was wrong with mine, too. I even treated them for coccidia and had a fecal done. Now I know better.
     
  9. AussieHens96

    AussieHens96 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That explains the strange *** poop I found in the garden where the girls roamed - thanks XD
     
  10. son4momtime

    son4momtime Out Of The Brooder

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    wow !!! this is a good help to me since my son just got 2 silkies and the Roo poop sure smells
     

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