As a good hen keeper, it’s crucial to be able to determine if your chicken poop is “normal” or “abnormal”. One of the natural ways to do so is to note the color of the poo.
Normal chicken poop can come in a variety of colors: yellow, brown, green, or even black, and all shades in between. The range of “normal” is different based on the specific hen in question, time of year, its diet, and its overall health.
Consider monitoring the output of your chickens to know when something is wrong early enough. However, ensure you’re familiar with the range of “normal” to avoid overreacting to sudden changes.
And that’s why a chicken poop chart is essential. Here are chicken poop colors and what they mean:
Types of Chicken Poop or Droppings
Generally, chicken poop contains some shade of brown, is a bit solid in consistency, and has a somewhat fluffy white cap on top. Uric acid, the white part, is the same substance that leaves the human body as urine. And the solid, which is the digested food, is the fecal matter.
Your chicken’s droppings change to another color due to different reasons. And when you spot such a change, it needn’t result in any panic.
While normal chicken poop is soft, mushy, and brown, it might often look different even though your birds are in good health.
Chicken Poop Chart
A chicken poop chart showing the various chicken poop colors and their causes are presented below:
|Chicken Poop Color||Likely Cause||More Likely Cause|
|Yellowish||Fowl typhoid, coccidiosis, kidney malfunction, or internal worms||Taking some types of foods excessively like strawberries, forsythia blossoms, or corn|
|Greenish||Marek’s disease, Avian flu, or internal worms||Diet with a high content of weeds, greens, grasses as well as vegetables|
|Runny Brownish||Infectious bronchitis or E.coli||Eating foods with high liquid content, such as cucumbers, watermelon, celery, iceberg lettuce, zucchini|
|Blackish||Internal bleeding||Eating blackberries, charcoal, or similar dark purple/blue foods|
Please Note: If your chickens often go on free-ranging and leafy green treats in your garden, this is most likely healthy green poo.
Also, don’t confuse cecal poop with running droppings. The former is perfectly normal and has typically stickier, more pudding-like consistency, which takes place once in every seven or eight times a hen poop. Others are red or orange chicken droppings, white chicken droppings, unusually large piles of brown droppings.
Using these tips, you can create a chicken poop chart to monitor the health of your flock.
Steps to Take When Chicken Poop Looks Odd
Did you notice abnormal chicken poop which can’t be attributed to any of the above health conditions? If so, consider following these steps:
1. The first thing is to find any other symptoms that could indicate parasitic infestation or illness. These could be one or more of:
- Weight loss
- Lack of energy
- Appetite loss
- Halt or reduction in production of eggs
- Increased/decreased thirst
2. Whether you can detect other symptoms or not, it’s also vital to perform a detailed assessment of your flock’s diet.
3. Check if your chickens have been eating anything oddly colored in recent times or if they’ve been drinking water in large quantities.
If none of these is the case, ensure you provide them with a balanced diet.
Another factor to note is that too few or too many vitamins and minerals can also make the texture/color of your chickens’ poop change.
4. If you identify other symptoms and nothing is wrong in the diet, the next step is to contact your vet.
5. Fortunately, you won’t have to load up your flock for this; you’re only required to bring the droppings to the vet so they can conduct a fecal float test.
A chicken poop chart helps you take adequate care of your birds as regards their health and diet.
Normal chicken poop can have different colors, including yellow, brown, green, black, orange/red, or white, and all shades in between. The range of “normal” differs according to the specific hen under consideration, time of year, its diet, and its overall health.