Did you know that a healthy hen relieves herself 12 or 15 times a day? The cacas chicken is formed by a solid and dark part that comes from the gut and a small white part called urate. That is, chickens expel digestive waste and urine through the cloaca at the same time.
The color of the droppings reveals what the bird has eaten. If the tone is yellowish, you have probably eaten corn or tomatoes. If it is greenish, it will be due to the intake of herbs and lettuce. The black color results from a diet with wild fruits. Lastly, if the poop is white and watery, the animal will have eaten fruit that contained a lot of water. The color of the stool should alarm us if it is bright green or petroleum black, as it is one of the symptoms of salmonella and avian flu.
What does the appearance of chicken poop tell us?
Diarrhea in chickens is usually caused by eating little varied, seasonal changes or stress. When diarrhea is punctual, we should not be concerned. However, if the stools are usually liquid, they reveal the existence of a problem.
Once again, we insist on the importance of a balanced diet, since hens that eat too many vegetables and few cereal grains will present softer stools than those that eat everything.
In summer, animals drink a lot of water to hydrate. As a result, they produce more watery poop. This also happens in the rainy season. Also, make sure that no cats or foxes roam the chicken coop, because the fear it generates among the birds will cause their stomach upset.
Another problem that we can detect by observing the feces is the existence of internal parasites. For example, traces of blood are usually due to coccidium. If the hen has worms in its digestive system, it will expel worms through the cloaca. Also, some viruses cause mucus in poop.
On the other hand, a hen that only relieves herself three or four times a day is a hen with kidney problems or liver failure. These diseases are difficult to cure, so ask your vet for advice.
And finally, maintain the hygiene of the pen, because the accumulation of excrement is a source of infections for its inhabitants.