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  1. chickchoon1

    chickchoon1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and thought of question I have had-Is it normal for a chicken to eat poop?Have never noticed it happening before(which means NOTHING given my wandering mind!) but was just opening chick pen up at daybreak the other morning and saw 5 yo BR hen "Burb"(only 10 lb overweight bird I have) eating some poop. Is this a concern, does anybody know? From my dog experience its not a worry but with fowl I don't know.
     
  2. MrsBachbach

    MrsBachbach Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, there is a lot of disease carried in poop. I would be concerned for the hen. Maybe she is lacking something in diet. Try a vit/mineral supplement in their water a few times a week.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    No, not a concern. There is a lot of partially digested nutrients in poop, chicken or other. By eating each other’s poop they share probiotics and develop flock immunities. It would be unnatural if they did not eat poop.
     
  4. Nupe

    Nupe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they eating their own poop or some other kind of poop? It's not common for them to eat poop, but there may be worms, bugs, larva, and/or undigested seeds in the poop that she's going after. If it's chicken poop she's going after, I might consider worming your flock.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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  6. chickchoon1

    chickchoon1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2.-----My computer/skills suck so can't multi quote but anyhoo-------------- I would like to think this and(and it was chicken poop she was attacking) but am due to do yearly worming anyhow. Some choose not to worm and I do it 1x a year, usually late spring, but its nice to have the opinion of it not being a worry. thnx!
     

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