what is normal poop? (embarrassing question)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by farmergal, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. farmergal

    farmergal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, this is an entirely embarrassing question, and not for the faint of heart/nose.
    With my new batch of chicks, I feel like their poop is a little funny. But then I realized, I have no idea what "normal" chick poop is supposed to look or smell like!
    Here's my guess: greyish/tannish with white, smelly but not awful... not noticeable as long as litter is relatively fresh. (That's how the last group's poo was.)
    With my new chicks, some of them (not all) have very wet medium-brown (or sometimes mustard-colored) poo that smells TERRIBLE. Kind of like a bad human baby poo, if you know what I mean. And sometimes (when very "fresh") it's a bit bubbly. And they tend to wiggle their butts a bit and squat deliberately when pooping, which I never noticed in my last bunch either.
    Is this normal or abnormal? I am probably just being paranoid, but I read something about cocci being bubbly and mustardy so I wanted to check.

    PS -- the chicks are 2 weeks old tomorrow. they're quite healthy-looking otherwise, clear eyes, eating, sleeping, and doing normal chick things.
     
  2. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My chicks had the same poop until I started putting them in the pen all day with grass, water, and a little bit of feed, now they have normal & consistent poops.
     
  4. farmergal

    farmergal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the help! [​IMG]
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:All my chickens squat when they get ready to poop. I take it as a warning signal if they happen to be sitting on my lap at the time. [​IMG] It helps them keep their bottoms clean.
    About every fifth or sixth (can't remember which) stool is brown and runny. That's normal.
     
  6. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Go to everything else chicken and click on THE POOP thread. Everything you need to know.
     
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    OMG I was WAY too excited to see myself quoted in this thread!

    My reacttion (whilst waving my arms around): AH AH!! I'M QUOTED... THAT'S ME!!

    DBF thinks I'm nuts.
     
  8. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:You, my dear, are awesome! [​IMG]
     
  9. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    lmao
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    Think I'm chicken obsessed? I write posts in my head while I'm out working in the garden. I got the idea for this one over the weekend, spending a full day doing almost nothing that didn't involve the walking feathered garbage disposals: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=92802
     
  10. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

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    Oops, Jennspeeps just lost my vote for president... [​IMG]
     

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