CANCHICKENS HAVE COPPER IN THEIR DIET?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by NOSPRINGCHIC, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. NOSPRINGCHIC

    NOSPRINGCHIC Out Of The Brooder

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    Apr 18, 2007
    DALLAS, TX
    We recently bought a boer goat. She requires a mineral block with high amounts of copper in it. I have a pen that she and some of my adult birds share quiet a bit.
    Just wanted to know if copper is harmful to my birds or the eggs.
    Thanks in advance.........
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    A mineral block... can a chicken eat that? In my mind it is a solid block that the goat can lick. If that is so, chickens will be fine.
     
  3. NOSPRINGCHIC

    NOSPRINGCHIC Out Of The Brooder

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    yeah...but goats won't really lick, she will chew. Because of that it will get chipped up. I just need to know if I should worry about the copper. I really don't think the chickens will have much interest in the mineral block, then again I didn't think they would have much interest in grit. I was wrong.
     
  4. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    I think copper is essential in a chickens diet, that's why it's included as a mineral in their feed.

    Mine get in my goats feed all the time and the goats in the chicken feed [​IMG] and they are fine. [​IMG]

    I don't think chickens would bother with a mineral block though, just any grain.
     

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