Bovan pullets eating their own poop?!?!?!

Carben

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I have 5 bovan hen pullets that iv had for apx 3 weeks now. They should start laying in 2 weeks or so. They seem happy and comfortable. Spending time pecking outside on my grass trimmings from mowing, eating the scratch we give them once a day. They have full access to their mash pellets, grit and oyster shells. Iv expected to clean out the wood shavings by now (3 weeks) or atleast smell potent coop poop smell, but everytime I go in their coop it looks so clean. I can't tell if the poops are drying and crumbling in with the shavings or if they are eating it ... we are working on a larger exterior fully open "run". Until then I can't help but think maybe they are bored?!
 

Pork Pie

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Hi and welcome to BYC. Whilst I'd go with Oldhen's suggestion, my flock began eating poo a couple of days ago. I put it down to the millet that i give as treats being undigested in the poo. No more millet for them :)
 

theoldchick

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Howdy! Yep, on occasion, chickens will eat feces. Some folks theorize the bird is getting needed minerals/beneficial bacteria. My pen seems to stay pretty clean as the chickens constant scratching breaks up the fecal matter so it breaks down quickly. (A good job for older hens who no longer lay-they make great garden soil preparers.)
 

Carben

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May 29, 2017
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Hi and welcome to BYC. Whilst I'd go with Oldhen's suggestion, my flock began eating poo a couple of days ago. I put it down to the millet that i give as treats being undigested in the poo. No more millet for them :)
Hmm this is a good theory.. I wonder If it could be the chicken scratch we give them as treats.. I figure this would be a concerning behaviour so I will maybe try holding off on the scratch and check if there is more visible poop
 

Carben

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May 29, 2017
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Howdy! Yep, on occasion, chickens will eat feces. Some folks theorize the bird is getting needed minerals/beneficial bacteria. My pen seems to stay pretty clean as the chickens constant scratching breaks up the fecal matter so it breaks down quickly. (A good job for older hens who no longer lay-they make great garden soil preparers.)
I can only hope they scratch it up and break it down. I do see them pecking at the coop floor (not picking up their poops) but I can't tell what they are pecking at. Extremely small matter of some sort... any ideas?
 

Carben

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May 29, 2017
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Thanks everyone for the replies I will keep a look out what's going on in there
 

blackandtan

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My turkeys started eating poo this year for the first time - not the nice firm poos but the really stinky baby crap ones! I went to the pen one day to find all of them with their beaks and heads covered in crap, they had a party in it! I know rabbits re-eat their soft poop for the nutrients, has anyone heard of birds doing this?
 

rjohns39

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What makes chickens so Great for pasture cleanup behind cows and such, is that they spread it out, scratch it into the soil and remove all the bug larva. With deep litter in a coop you're probably seeing a little of both... Spread it out, bury it and remove any left overs.

Hi and welcome to BYC :frow We're so glad you joined us:ya
 

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