Hen with poopy butt died in sleep, fell off perch

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By Kelly Payne (Kellyp) on Friday, April 12, 2002 - 11:37 pm:

I found a hen dead in the coop yesterday. It looks like she died in her sleep then fell backward off her perch. She was only 2 yrs old and did not seem unhealthy the day before. The only outward sign of trouble was a poopy butt. Now I notice two other hens hens who, although very health otherwise, have poopy butts. What could cause this? Can I treat the rest of the flock?
By Scarab on Sunday, April 14, 2002 - 02:33 pm:

Hi, I've got the next message down from you...I'm really sorry your hen died, it's a great fear I have for my Hazel hen...she's got poopy butt too. I reckon she only just made it through last night, but then she looks sick, off her food, hunched etc.
What a shock, though, to walk into the coop and find her dead. I lost two to dogs and with each it never got any easier.
Was the temperature very low? Are your other hens O>K>?
Good Luck from Scotland!
By Anonymous on Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 02:06 pm:

you could try chick starter mash, it has antibiotics in it.
or an antibiotic to add to the water bowl.it is usuallly available at the feed stores.
good luck.
is the other hens poop the right color and texture ??
stay away from any dairy foods as they cause poopies.

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 14 April 2005 15:16 (eighteen years ago) link

Healthy poop?????

By Anonymous on Saturday, March 23, 2002 - 10:57 pm:

This may sound stupid but I am a new owner of some chicks and after reading some of the other health conversations I came across "healthy poop". Since it sounds like something I should know about I was wondering if someone could tell me what "healthy poop" should look like. Thanks so much!!
By Hen on Monday, March 25, 2002 - 07:02 am:

It should be solid, and brown with a white spot in it.
By Anonymous on Monday, March 25, 2002 - 11:13 am:

Hen thanks for the response. I have another question too, is all different kinds of chickens have poop like that, or is it different with each kind?
By Robint on Monday, March 25, 2002 - 11:16 am:

I am not sure but I think poop doesn't change much from breed to breed. However all chickens have a poop, about 1 in 10 times I was told, that looks different and smells bad, it has something to do with coming from a different part of the intestine. It is normal.
By Anonymous on Monday, March 25, 2002 - 11:36 am:

Robint thanks so much!!! I think that was the response I was really wanting to hear!! That is exactlly what I have been seeing and smelling!!!!!!! Thanks again for the good news!
By Robint on Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 08:04 am:

Your'e most welcome. :* )

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 14 April 2005 15:27 (eighteen years ago) link


ddb (ddb), Thursday, 14 April 2005 15:46 (eighteen years ago) link

chicken coup vs. chicken poop. sheesh.

"Still, while the milk from Horizon and Aurora's confinement dairies may not be the cream of the crop, it's far from the milk produced by conventional factory dairies such as Borden, Alta Dena and Meadow Gold, all bottled by Dean, Horizon's parent company. These days, regular dairies can have up to 30,000 cows that are raised in huge contained barns with big lagoon ponds of manure out back. To keep all those cows healthy in such a confined space, they're pumped full of antibiotics. They're fed hormones to increase their milk production, and these conventional cows eat a tasty array of pesticide-laden feed. As calves, they're fed chicken manure because it's high in protein. Such milk is laced with a cocktail of pharmaceuticals and hormones such as rGBH, a controversial drug produced by Monsanto"


msp (mspa), Thursday, 14 April 2005 15:57 (eighteen years ago) link

city baby attacked by hens!

latebloomer: strawman knockdowner (latebloomer), Thursday, 14 April 2005 18:06 (eighteen years ago) link


mark p (Mark P), Thursday, 14 April 2005 18:12 (eighteen years ago) link

one month passes...
My dog has poopy butt :((((((
skid marks.

Ian John50n (orion), Tuesday, 17 May 2005 18:34 (eighteen years ago) link

one month passes...
i have such a poopy butt right now

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 27 June 2005 16:54 (eighteen years ago) link

Ian John50n (orion), Monday, 27 June 2005 19:27 (eighteen years ago) link

Guess What? Chicken Butt
Guess Why? Chicken thigh
Guess Where? Chicken hair
Guess How? Chicken Pow
Guess Whence? Chicken fence
Guess Who? Chicken poo

RSG (crablangoon), Monday, 27 June 2005 20:07 (eighteen years ago) link

three months pass...
Dylan has to wear diapers :(((

Jonothong Williamsmang (ex machina), Friday, 14 October 2005 01:49 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
i had tons of american chop suey
makes me wanna poopoo


i think you should poopoo then

roc u like a § (ex machina), Monday, 30 October 2006 23:44 (seventeen years ago) link

i am so glad someone revived this

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 30 October 2006 23:48 (seventeen years ago) link

chicken message board is fascinating but I could do without poopybutt.jpg

dmr (Renard), Tuesday, 31 October 2006 03:01 (seventeen years ago) link

eleven months pass...

I thought this thread was more popular?

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Sunday, 7 October 2007 21:46 (sixteen years ago) link

it is

cutty, Sunday, 7 October 2007 21:48 (sixteen years ago) link

were you googling "poopy butt"?

sanskrit, Sunday, 7 October 2007 22:22 (sixteen years ago) link

five months pass...


Curt1s Stephens, Monday, 10 March 2008 07:02 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...

not me but i LOLed:


sanskrit, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 21:51 (fifteen years ago) link

poopy butt

iiiijjjj, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 22:30 (fifteen years ago) link

tomb of the unknown wiki vandal

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 23:43 (fifteen years ago) link

oh man i LOLd

cutty, Thursday, 1 May 2008 01:50 (fifteen years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Why does my butt pop? Does yours?

I'm asking anonymously because this question is about my butt.

Try this: Sit at your desk job for a couple of hours, then stand up and stretch. Clench your buttocks really hard. Did your butt pop?

Mine does. I think it's the tail bone. But how could that pop? It's not breaking, and I don't have an injury AFAIK. I Googled, and most of the results are about injuries.

Will doing this intentionally kill my butt?
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caek, Thursday, 29 May 2008 14:28 (fifteen years ago) link

why does my butt poops

cutty, Thursday, 29 May 2008 14:53 (fifteen years ago) link

someone else reads ask.metafilter

mh, Thursday, 29 May 2008 15:20 (fifteen years ago) link

heck yes

caek, Thursday, 29 May 2008 15:36 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm asking anonymously because this question is about my butt.

caek, Thursday, 29 May 2008 15:36 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...


homosexual II, Thursday, 2 December 2010 01:18 (thirteen years ago) link


dmr, Thursday, 2 December 2010 01:23 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Q: My hen has sticky, tar-looking poop--is there anything wrong?

A: Probably not. Chickens actually produce two types of poo: fecal poo and cecal poo. Cecal poo is thicker, stinkier and stickier. It usually looks sort of like melted chocolate, and it occurs once every eight or so poos. Perhaps this is what you are seeing. If so, it is nothing to worry about.

Some foods may cause sticky poo, too. Lots of barley in the diet can cause sticky, tar-like poo. Barley lacks an enzyme chickens need to digest (1,3–1,4)-ß-glucan efficiently, and the poo is described as "viscous." Sometimes various fruits will cause looser, darker poo from the sugar and extra moisture. If your chicken's diet has been different of late, you may want to revert to fewer treats to see if that is the problem.

It is true, too, that unusual droppings can sometimes indicate illness: cocci, worms or something else. If you think your chicken is ill, your best bet would be to get her to a vet for a diagnosis--most vets will perform a "fecal smear" to check for parasites and cocci, so in some cases your chicken will not have to be seen in order to get a diagnosis. In most cases, though, occasional sticky poo is normal cecal poo.

del griffith, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 01:59 (eleven years ago) link

six years pass...
three years pass...

RIP hen

stank viola (Neanderthal), Thursday, 3 November 2022 00:49 (one year ago) link

hen fapped too much

StanM, Thursday, 3 November 2022 05:17 (one year ago) link

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