As most of the East Coast has been embraced by a heat wave, yesterday we finally had a break. It rained. Rain is actually predicted for most of the week, but we hadn’t had a rain like that in months. At times there were horrendous downpours. So intense, that I even dragged out the plastic tarp that covers the run in the winter.
Today everyone, especially me, was happy to see the sun breakthrough the misty foggy layer that covered the Cape this morning. As I rolled up and removed the plastic tarp, the girls were ecstatic to see me. They were bright eyed and bushy tailed and chattering up a storm. They too must have sensed the visit from Mr. Sun.
As I uncovered the run, it was down right hot. As soon as the rain had left, the blanket of moist heavy humidity returned. Did I mention how much I hate humidity? Instantly I was reminded of what happened two days ago in similar heat. I was there watching the girls scratch around in the dirt and out it came. Like a water gun, Oyster Cracker’s behind let out an explosive stream of water. I thought to myself, oh great, she has diarrhea. I way paying attention to chicken poop. I imagined myself giving her bath upon bath. This would lead to an uphill battle of beauty vs. diarrhea. Upon closer examination, my inspection of the ground revealed nothing, just a wet spot.
Worried, I came inside and looked on backyard chickens and found the answer right away as well as this lovely link on how normal and abnormal chicken poop appears. Apparently, these watery poops can happen when chicken are hot and drink too much water. It is not harmful in anyway and it does not mean the bird is ill. It is just something that they do.
So, for now the sun is out. The diarrhea has stopped and the girls are happy. They are busily scratching in the run’s moist soil for worms, surely not worrying about diarrhea. I suppose this is another Chicken Mom job description for me, “Poop Inspector”. Huh; funny how so many things with keeping chickens parallels raising children.
This post is linked up to Homestead Revival’s Homestead Barn Hop.