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Why Is My Ducks Poop Watery?

by Alex Kountry
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Do you know that your pet ducks and geese can mask their ailments and discomfort as long as possible?

This is mostly about the species’ defense mechanism; however, an early warning signal is quite helpful.

Therefore, the fecal quality of your duck can tell you a lot about its health.

One of the common tell-tale signs of your duck’s health is their watery poop.

There are various causes of diarrhea in ducks and associated health risks.

Therefore, this article is an in-depth insight into the icky world of duck poop.

Read this guide to identify any signs of worsening health conditions of your duck from their poop conditions.

This section will lead an in-depth investigation into duck poop.

What is a watery poop in ducks?

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Watery poop in your ducks can be due to both normal and abnormal factors.

Normally, duck droppings are less firm than a chicken’s, but they aren’t too runny.

However, a watery poop indicates an extremely runny poop consistency like diarrhea.

What are the causes of watery poop in ducks?

Watery poop is not caused by a single reason.

You must efficiently investigate what’s causing diarrhea or watery poop in your ducks.

Let’s look into the common and not-so-common causes.

1. Is it the over-hydration?

The waterfowls love their water and drinking excess water along with their feed may cause runny poop.

Overhydration can be the most common factor for duck’s watery poop if there no major signs of any underlying issues.

2. Is diet the issue for diarrhea?

Observe the diet and feed that you are giving to your pets.

The digestive system of your ducks are quite different and fast; therefore, their feed excretes right through the system.

That’s why whatever they consume is reflected in their excretion.

Green poop is not uncommon when the ducks have feasted on lettuce.

So, eating too much sometimes can be the probable reason for watery poop in ducks.

This is why you want to ensure you make sure foods with high quantity of fiber i part of their diet.

3. Is rapid temperature fluctuation causing watery poop?

Yes, inconsistent change in the temperature can cause discomfort to your flock.

If a temperature drops too fast and your duck isn’t warm enough, it can affect their immune system causing them to poop runny.

4. Is biological change causing watery poop?

It is common for the ducks to experience diarrhea when they are going through biological changes such as the egg-laying period of feather shedding and molting.

5. Is an illness or infection the cause?

Watery poop can be an indication that your duck might be suffering from an underlying medical condition.

It could be fever, viral or bacterial infection, poisoning, or even response to failing organs.

For instance, New Castle viral disease shows symptoms of watery poop in waterfowls.

How to prevent watery poop in ducks?

The preventive measures for watery poop in your ducks are quite straightforward.

It is essential that you keenly observe the food and water intake to rule out the most probable cause of diarrhea in your ducks.

This kind of diarrhea clears up in 24-48 hours.

Temperature related and stress-associated watery poop requires you to ensure comfortable and conducive living conditions.

If the weather conditions are too hot, make sure your brood is in a cool and shady area with water to cool off.

Whereas, in colder weather, make sure the flock is tucked indoors to maintain a steady immune system.

Fortunately, most of the time the preventive measures are enough to cope up with the issue of watery poop.

Since it is majorly the pet’s response to external and internal stresses

What is the treatment for watery poop?

However, sometimes watery poop is an indication of molting, parasitic presence, intestinal issues, infection, and diseases.

It is essential to treat these conditions under specialized supervision.

  • If the condition of diarrhea persists for more than a day or two, consult a vet immediately. They will run relevant tests to identify the cause first.
  • Isolate the birds from the flock in case of profuse diarrhea to avoid further disease spread.
  • Introduce tannins, a digestive conditioner to improve the intestinal and gut conditions of your ducks.
  • Probiotics are also quite helpful to ease the digestive issues in ducks.

More on Duck Poop-ology

Now that you know the causes and solutions of watery poop in ducks, you should know more relevant details about duct excretion.

Do ducks only poop in the water?

Ducks can poop in the water and on the ground.

Essentially as a pet owner, you need to know that litter training for ducks is quite impossible.

They excrete voraciously. An alternate solution is to use duck diapers if they are kept indoors.

Statistics maintain that a family of ducks can produce up to 365,000 poop litter annually.

Why is my duck poop white?

Normally the white bits in the duck poop are protein materials.

But, there can be some issues causing white poop in your ducks.

The presence of the parasite, coccidia in the pet’s intestinal tract, or blockages can cause white poop.

Other than that white poop can also indicate stress in the ducks.

Additionally, you must also get to know the different variations in the duck poop.

For instance, poop that is quite smelly or dark shows cecal fermentation or any underlying health problems.

Liver malfunction is a possibility if your duck excretes bright green poop. Metallic poop indicates poisoning.

Effects of Duck Poop on Other Species

Excretion is an essential biological process in living organisms, so it is for the ducks as well.

This section is aimed to explore the negative impact of duck poop on other species and ecosystems.

This section will help you to manage the duck poop more efficiently without any probable health hazards.

Can you get sick from duck poop?

it is common for duck poop to be infested with a variety of germs, such as, Salmonella or E.coli, that have the potential to make humans sick.

Therefore, coming into direct contact with the bird droppings should be done with precaution.

You should use gloves and a mask while disinfecting the surfaces and playpen of your pets.

Proper hygiene and careful disposal of the fecal matter exceptionally minimize the risk of catching any diseases.

Is duck poop toxic to dogs?

It is advisable to keep your pets like dogs and rabbits away from duck droppings because they can contain various harmful and contaminated elements that can make them sick or unwell.

Consuming duck poop may introduce any avian parasite in the dog’s body that was once found in the ducks.


Watery poop in ducks can be a cause of concern for many pet owners.

Therefore, in this article, we have supplied you with all necessary issues to identify the cause of bird diarrhea and how to tackle and manage it, without losing your precious flock.

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About the author

Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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