8 Types of Chicken feces: How to determine the health of your chickens by their feces.

 8 Types of Chicken feces: How to determine the health of your chickens by their feces

One of the best ways to determine the health of your chickens is to look at their poop patterns. The color, type, and texture of the blood in your chicken's poop has a lot to say about your chicken's health. So, to prevent the spread of disease in your chicken farm, you must find their feces.
As a poultry farmer, you should know what normal poultry manure should look like. You need to know what the different colors and textures of chicken droppings mean for your bird.
In this guide, I will introduce you to the different types of chicken droppings and what they say about the health of your chickens. So, always pay attention to your chicken poop.

What is chicken feces

 Chicken feces is chicken waste. It is also called chicken droppings or chicken dung.  Many farmers collect and report poultry waste that they use as feed for their farms. In addition, many people use chicken manure to produce biogas for cooking. There are other experiments where people use it to generate electricity for their farms.
But besides these wonderful things about chicken manure, they have a lot to say about the health of our chickens, as we will see below.

 Types of chicken droppings and what they say about chicken health
There are different types of chicken feces and each type can help you diagnose diseases in your poultry farm. Things to look for when watching chicken droppings on your farm include:

  • Color of poop 
  • The nature of the poop: wet or hard. 
  • Blood stains on the chicken dropping.

With these three characteristics, you can determine what is wrong with your chicken.

 Here are the different types of chicken droppings and what they mean for your chicken's health.

1. Normal chicken feces

Normal chicken feces

First, you need to know what normal chicken looks like. This will let you know when your chicken droppings have changed. Chicken droppings are usually some shade of brown and hard at the same time, with a white cap on top.
The brown, hard part is made up of fecal matter, which is mostly digested food, while the white part, on the other hand, is urates/uric acid. It is the same thing you would call other animal urine or human urine.
Other colors of common chickens can range from all shades of brown and brown to green, yellow, or even black. Besides color, normal chicken droppings can vary depending on the chicken, its diet, time of year, and even its overall health.

2. Yellow, foamy chicken feces

Yellow, foamy chicken feces

This type of chicken feces can be caused by your chicken eating too much of certain foods such as corn and strawberries.
In addition, these can be the first signs of coccidiosis, avian typhoid, worm infestation, or kidney failure.

 How to deal with chickens that shed yellow, foam

Since these diseases are still in the early stages, it is a good time to give anti cocci drugs.
You can use drugs such as Amprolium, Embazine Forte or Amprococ to promote a quick recovery from coccidiosis. If you prefer organic treatment, you can use bitter gourd to reduce the effects of coccidiosis on your farm.
For worms, you can give birds ivermectin. Herbal remedies for worms in chickens include the use of garlic and papaya seeds.

3. Green Chicken droppings:

3. Green Chicken droppings:

When you see green chicken droppings, it doesn't mean your chickens are sick.
This may be because your chickens graze and eat green grass, grass and vegetables. In this case, the poop will still have a solid consistency, with a white cap on top like normal poop.
On the contrary, if you are running an intensive chicken system where your chickens are not eating on the surface that should produce green grass, then something is wrong. Your chicken may be sick.
Some diseases can be intestinal worms, Marek's disease, bird flu or Newcastle disease. On the other hand, it can be the result of hunger.
Your chickens may starve when you are not around to feed them or maybe because your chickens have run out of food.

 If the cause of the green feces is as a result of them eating green vegetables,there is no need to worry about.

How to deal with chickens that produce green feces

If the reason for green chicken poop is that they eat green vegetables, then there is no need to worry. Your chicks are so cute.
However, if the green chicken droppings are watery and this is not because of their food, then treatment is necessary. If it is an internal worm infection, ivermectin is a good treatment.
On the other hand, you can use garlic and papaya seeds as an organic aid from worm disease. If it is a virus like Newcastle disease, there is no cure.
Newcastle disease in chickens has no cure, but you can manage the condition just to avoid an outbreak. To manage the condition, you need antibiotics and lots of multivitamins.
This will help bring your chicken back to good health. But above all, you should always vaccinate your chickens against Newcastle and other viruses.
This will prevent such diseases from affecting your farm. 

4. Running brown Chicken feces:

4. Running brown Chicken feces:

This is usually because your bird is eating food that contains too much liquid. It is normal to see your chickens produce this type of feces several times a day.
So you have nothing to fear here. However, brown, runny chickens can be a sign of E.coli or infectious bronchitis.
If this is the case, you should deal with them immediately. 

How to deal with birds that shed brown, chicken water

In order to treat birds with brown discharge, runny chicken droppings, you need to use strong antibiotics.
Some good examples would be oxytetracycline, erythromycin and gentatylo.

 In different ways, you can use garlic to prevent these diseases that affect your birds.

5. Black Chicken dropping.

. Black Chicken dropping

This may be because your chickens are eating black or dark purple foods.
They probably ate dirt, blackberries or black apples. Another reason could be too much protein in your chicken feed.
For a brooding chickens, black droppings may be due to a temporary lack of food.

 It will fit a large, dark, watery feces.
If all of the above is not the case, your chicken may be bleeding internally. The feces will be darker than starved chickens.
At this time, you need to provide treatment. 

How to treat chicken that excrete black chicken  feces
To take care of chicken black feces caused by too much protein in chicken feed, you need to change the diet.
To treat internal bleeding, give the chicken extra vitamins.

 6. All white Chicken or Milky Chicken feces:

. All white Chicken or Milky Chicken feces:

When your chicken starts shedding this type of chicken droppings, then it is due to one of these 3 infection;

Internal worms
 Pullorum (white bacillary disease)
 Or Gumboro disease.
This condition requires immediate attention and treatment. 

How to treat a chicken that sheds white or milky chicken feces
You can treat internal worms by giving your bird dewormers such as ivermectin.
Pullorum can be treated with effective antibiotics. If it's gumboro... (please pray it's not gumboro). Gumboro disease threatens farmers and is one of the causes of high death rate in poultry farms. The best thing to do is to prevent it altogether.
You can prevent gum disease from affecting your poultry house by vaccinating your chickens against the disease. 

7. Bloody Chicken feces:

Bloody Chicken feces:

When there is blood in your chicken's feces, your chicken may be infected with coccidiosis. Coccidiosis is a serious parasitic disease that affects the intestines of chickens.
The more damaged the intestines, the more blood and feces you will see. Often, chickens with severe coccidiosis will not have an appetite.
This is due to damage to the intestines.

 How to deal with chickens that shed blood-strain feces
To treat coccidiosis, you can use Amprococ, Amprolium, Embazine forte or Toltrazuril.
Also, you can use bitter leaf herb to treat coccidiosis as an organic treatment. 

8. Clear or watery chicken feces


Clear or watery chicken feces

What does this mean for chicken health
This may be due to excessive water consumption, possibly due to extreme weather conditions. It can also be due to stress from having a long trip or the chicken goes without eating for a long time.
Clear or watery diarrhea can be caused by eating too many foods with a high water content. This type of food includes watermelon, iceberg lettuce, celery or cucumber.
Another cause of watery chicken feces could be kidney damage from a high-protein diet, infectious bronchitis, and other internal diseases.

 How to treat chicken that excrete or water feces
A good way to treat this problem is to give your chickens a good antibiotic.
Additionally, you should always include organic preservatives, such as garlic, in your chicken feed. This should prevent this type of chicken feces.


Now you can tell the difference between what is normal when it comes to chicken droppings and what is not. Symptoms of disease will also be known  to enable you carry out the treatment process.


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