Before we can diagnose “abnormal” chicken droppings, we need to know what normal droppings are! Normal droppings are dark brown, mostly solid (not runny), and often covered in white “powder” which is uric acid from the urinary system (since chickens don’t urinate). Do not confuse normal droppings with ceca droppings. Ceca droppings are mustard to brown color, parties, and discharge from the ceca 2-3 times a day.
- Clear runny droppings – could be bronchitis or stress
- Brown runny droppings – E. coli
- Green Droppings – could be worms or could be a lot of vegetation in their diet. If your chickens aren’t free-ranging or have access to consume green vegetation, it’s likely late stages of worms
- White, runny droppings – could be worms, coccidiosis, or infectious bursal disease
- Yellow and foamy droppings – coccidiosis
- Chicken Droppings with blood – coccidiosis
- Continuous gray/white loose or runny stool – vent gleet