Green Chicken Poop: Causes + Meaning

Green chicken poop may mean that your bird ate a lot of greens recently or has its health and general wellbeing in danger. If the chicken is well, the green poop resulting from eating greens should not be watery or resemble diarrhea.

Solid green chicken poop is normal. However, loose or watery chicken diarrhea may be a sign and symptom of other illnesses. The chicken may be suffering from internal worms, avian flu, etc.

Is green chicken poop normal?

Green chicken poop may be normal since it may mean that your bird has been eating plenty of green herbs, leaves, weeds, and vegetables. Chickens can eat grass; if they do so, they are likely to have a green shade on their droppings. As long as there are no other signs and symptoms of a disease accompanying the green chicken poop, there is no need for you to worry.

Causes of green poop in chicken

The appearance of chickens’ droppings depends on what they have been eating and their environment. Therefore, you need to know what is normal and when to panic based on what you feed them when they are fine and when they are not. Some of the causes of green droppings from chickens are:

1. Newcastle disease

This highly infectious disease is a result of paramyxovirus. Apart from attacking chickens, the disease often also attacks other captive and wild birds such as ostrich, duck, turkey, and guineafowl.

The disease can be transmitted through sneezing or contact with the droppings of a sick bird. While humans may not normally be infected, handling ill chickens may trigger an infection of the eye, which takes a few days to heal.

Apart from the green poop, other symptoms that may indicate your chicken has Newcastle disease include:

  1. Draping wings
  2. Coughing
  3. Positioning of the head between shoulders or legs
  4. Runny nose
  5. Difficulty in breathing
  6. The stopping or reduction of egg production. If the production stops and resumes in a month, the eggs produced may be thin-shelled and unshapely. Sometimes, the eggs may not even have a shell
  7. High mortality rate, particularly in young chickens
  8. Inflammation of the tissues adjacent to the neck and eyes

2. Fowl cholera

The disease is also highly infectious and results from a strain of bacteria called Pasteurella multocida. Often, the bacteria is the leading trigger of soft tissue infection when you are mauled or scratched by a dog or a cat.

Fowl cholera may instantly cause high deaths of your birds even if they were perfectly healthy. A chicken can get an infection when it drinks water and eats feed contaminated by droppings of an unhealthy chicken. A healthy bird may also be infected when it pecks at the remains of an ill bird.

Other potential signs and symptoms of fowl cholera attack include:

  • Difficulties in breathing
  • Appetite loss
  • Abnormal loss of weight
  • Low production of eggs
  • Inflammation of the comb, face, and wattle
  • Loss of muscle function leads to the inability to move normally
  • Disarranged feathers

 3. Marek’s Disease

The disease comes from the herpes virus and causes tumors in birds. Marek’s Disease mainly affects female and young chickens.

Passing the disease from one bird to another is so simple because it’s airborne. The result can always be terrifying to any poultry owner.  

Potential signs and symptoms of the disease are:

  1. Weight change
  2. Heavy breathing
  3. Graying eyes that appear weird
  4. A falling over comb
  5. Paralysis
  6. Sudden death without displaying other signs of illness. Since tumors often grow in the body of a chicken and most symptoms may remain internally, it is not easy to detect an issue.
  7. Diarrhea

4. Insufficient drinking water and high dietary feed

A chicken without constant water and feed supply may also produce green chicken poop. That is due to the bile, useful in food digestion, finding itself without work, triggering its release from the body via chicken droppings.

Do not leave your birds access to potentially toxic plants and vegetables like spinach. For instance, spinach contains oxalic acid that may prevent a chicken’s body from absorbing calcium normally. Without sufficient calcium absorption, your chicken may lay soft-shelled eggs, prone to breaking and or getting stuck.  

Watery green chicken poop: green liquid poop from a chicken meaning

A green liquid poop from a chicken may mean it is sick. If a disease has attacked your bird, it should also exhibit other signs and symptoms, apart from the watery green poop.

Chicken with bright green poop

Chicken with bright green poop normally results from eating plenty of greens. However, always be on the lookout for other potential signs and symptoms of poor health, particularly when your bird has not been munching greens recently.  

How to prevent and treat green chicken poop

To prevent sudden strong watery, or persistent chicken diarrhea, check what the chickens eat and their well-being. For treatment, you can use any popular medications like Sulfamerazine and Enrofloxacin. Medicate your ill chickens for about five days. However, you must consult a poultry veterinarian before using any of those.

1. Disinfect the chicken coop

Disinfect the chicken coop regularly, particularly if your chickens have recently suffered from a disease like fowl cholera. After hutch treatment, also vaccinate your poultry against viral diseases. Carry out the vaccination after every few months. And, since Newcastle disease is not treatable, prevent its occurrence by giving your birds multivitamins and antibiotics regularly.  

2. Hydration

Supply your chicken with plenty of water and feed frequently. If you leave your poultry dehydrated and starved, do not be surprised when you have to deal with green droppings eventually.

3. Worming

For worm infection in chicken, use a remedy like Ivermectin. Give your chickens pawpaw seeds, chili peppers, garlic, mustard greens, or carrots for organic worm relief options. It is very important to know when to worm your chickens if you want them to be productive and give healthy eggs.

4. Apple cider vinegar

Use apple cider vinegar in your flock’s drinking water at least two times a week. The natural remedy may assist with immune system strengthening. It may also clear weak bacterial infections that may cause runny green chicken poop.

To clear bacterial infections that may cause green runny diarrhea in chickens, add 14 ml apple cider vinegar to 4 liters of water and let the chickens have it. Apple cider vinegar for chickens should be well diluted because if it is concentrated, the harsh smell may irritate the chickens and give them stomach upsets.

5. Check your chickens’ overall well-being

Depending on the underlying condition, as a veterinarian advises, you may give probiotics, essential for acidifying the gut and improving digestive health. Refer your chickens to a local vet often to check and monitor their health.

When you find abnormal-looking chicken poop, check for other signs and symptoms that may indicate a parasite attack or disease. Some of the reliable signs of an unhealthy chicken include thirst and laying small eggs or a significant reduction in egg production.

Make sure that the feed given to your poultry has excellent dietary composition. And avoid providing excessive drinking water or a protein-rich diet since they may contribute to watery droppings. Let your vet take droppings samples regularly to examine what may affect your birds.