Chicken droppings

Worm parasites can affect hens

source: Victoria Roberts
Country Smallholding August 2002 p19

Hens can suffer from parasites in the caecum, which is a section of the gut where fermentation of plant food takes place, as part of digestion. The caeca are emptied with every tenth or so dropping, and this type of dropping tends to be paler and may be foamy. The colour and consistency of droppings are also affected by the hens' food. Sometimes hens can suffer from worms in their caeca, which turn droppings foamy, and the flock will then need a worm treatment, such as Flubenvet.