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White chalky poop

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickened, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

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    Any ideas on the causes for white chalky poop accumulating on a hens feathers surrounding her vent? They still lay and act normal.
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Some chickens just don't keep themselves clean, which causes a build-up of the white urates that you are talking about. I find that this dirtiness is more common in older chickens in cold or wet weather. Usually, at least in my chickens, it stays around for 2-3 months, and then suddenly, you notice that they are clean.

    There is a condition known as Vent Gleet which causes a white discharge associated with whitish sores near the vent. Gleet is a fungal infection, which smells bad and can be very harmful to chickens if not remedied. I'd check your birds for any sores; if they have none, then your problem is just dirtiness, not Vent Gleet.

    If you want to get rid of the white pasty build-up, give your birds a bath. Make sure their diet is good, and watch them for any other signs of disease, and you should be fine.
     
  3. redstar14

    redstar14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also trim feathers around vent this will also help prevent your eggs from having poop on them
     
  4. R.M.Qureshi

    R.M.Qureshi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you please describe how the actual poop on ground looks like. Picture would be more helpful.
     
  5. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

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    It looks white and yes it could be just sticking to the feathers. I seen no sores
     

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