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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickadelic, Dec 22, 2014.
Is it really bad for the chickens to peck and eat the food that falls on the ground into their poop?
They typically will do it whether you like it or not. They will not explode, but it cannot be the best for them. If you do not like it, maybe you should put them farther apart. The feeder farther away from the roost, I mean. Or is it treats or scratch?
Welcome to BYC. I'm glad you decided to join our flock. I've never read any studies of the effects on chickens eating their own poop with their food, but as Free Feather said, they are going to do it (at least to some degree) whether or not you want them to. Keeping their feeders raised above the floor by hanging them from the ceilings and using cone shaped feeder covers on top of the feeders will help minimze the amount of poop that gets into the feed. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. What kind of chickens do you have?
Well I have the feeder in the run and of course it is full of poop, so the feed falls on the floor of the run. I just don't know how you can get away from all that poop.
I have 11 Barred Rocks. The run has cage flooring right on the ground. What is the best stuff to put on the floor of the run? There is quite a bit of poop in there
I would recommend either fine pea gravel or coarse river sand with lots of small pebbles in it (not fine beach sand which has been known to impact chick's crops).
Welcome to BYC!
One thing about chickens, they do know how to poop, lol. You'll want to keep things as clean as you can, it's better for the chickens and nicer for you. You may want to check out some of the designs for "no waste feeders" to see if that helps reduce the amount of feed from falling on the ground.
I agree. Also, make sure they are not crowded. If your chickens have enough room in their house it shouldn't be too poopy all over the floor.