BEWARE: Poop photos are graphic. I went out today to clean the coop and add more shavings. I pulled the poop tray and saw something bizarre. All I can think is a trip to vet is in my future. But holy cow, I am stumped and disgusted. What in the world is going on? It may even be hard for me to describe. You could see some normal poop (in the left section), but then it looked like they are no longer pooping normal chicken poop. You can see in the photos there is a section of large, dark mass on the right. I would suggest that maybe their poop is just liquid now and that things don't seem to be holding together? It looked like it was just coloring the shavings in the tray the normal color of poop - but it certainly didn't look like normal poop. So that's weird. I pull it out and look at it. There are these tiny bugs in it. They are not moving. They have tons of legs and they are brownish red color - the color of the poop. There are literally 1,000s of them in it. And just in the poop. Not in the other section of the shavings in the poop tray. I have researched tonight and looked online. But seen or heard of nothing like this. Here is our background - I feed them normal layer feed. I have 8 hens all different breeds. They free range during the day so the contents of the poop looks like normal stuff - grass, etc. I have one chicken that has been acting out of the ordinary. She went through a horrible molt starting midAugust. Probably lost and regrew every feather. She started walking backwards at recently (which I've read can be due to lack of vitamins, etc). It has gotten less frequent as the molt seems to be finally finishing. So I was thinking that things were getting better. Then the poop and bugs. Here are the photos - poop tray. Contents in the poop. Then close up of the bug. Any ideas? Thank you.