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Originally Posted by elmo 

Chickens like all birds lack the ability to digest lactose.

http://www.exoticpetvet.net/avian/dairy.html

As the other commenter noted, lactose is likely to pass through the chicken's system essentially undigested, and that can cause gas, too. Milk is not the best thing to use to supplement calcium for your chickens. Crushed oyster shell is much better, inexpensive, and readily available for poultry use. Check at your feed store.


I feed my chickens RAW MILK daily.


Raw milk, unlike the pasturized milk that you buy in the store, is safe for most lactose intolerant people (and chickens) to drink.


My wife is lactose intolerant, but she can drink all the raw milk she wants.

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post #22 of 22

Milk is ok for chickens, And soured/clabbered milk is even better for them....

In the past chickens were often fed leftover and sour milk.

One expert says this, as well .....

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Originally Posted by Pine Grove 

been feeding buttermilk for 25 yrs. nothing better to replace gut friendly bacteria after antibiotic therapy. with yogurt their feathers seem to dry after two or three days feeding..I know several ppl that feed milk products and have been for years


Edited by kathyinmo - 2/13/11 at 11:03pm

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