Chicken Eating Its Own Poop ?????

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Aunt Bea's Egg, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. Aunt Bea's Egg

    Aunt Bea's Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2010
    I isolated this hen due to worms and she is eating her own poop. She was debeaked, sadly.
    Obviously she tries to eat everything since its so hard for her to peck at food. Any ideas?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Chickens eat poop, their own and other animals. Poop has a lot of partially digested nutrients in it, a virtual treasure trove. By sharing poop they share probiotics and build flock immunities. Unfortunately they can also pass around parasites doing that. If they don’t eat poop, they are not normal.

    If one chicken has worms, they all do. You need to treat them all for the type of worm the flock has.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Ditto RR worming advice.

    If you haven't wormed, her she may be eating worms in the poop.

    Debeaked and/or crossbeaked birds do better with a crumble feed that is in a deeper dish so they can scoop up a mouthfull.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2015

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