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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by popoki, Oct 19, 2009.
Is yogurt good for chickens? How does it benefit them?
calcium and good bacteria for digestion
I give mine yogurt on a cookie sheet about once ever two weeks. Just the plain store brand about a pint size container for 27 birds. Sometimes I mix a little BOSS on top or cottage cheese - which they love - and watch the games begin. Beware - stand back as the stuff will fly!!!
My chickens love yogurt!!!! It is great for their digestion. Also
I mix yogurt with their feed so it's like very thick oatmeal. That way they don't get all sticky and messy. They love it!
I wonder if I could try that trick for my Polish girls? They would love to eat yogurt but I have not been giving it to them much lately because their crests always get sooooo messy afterwards. I actually have to give them baths (after they have eaten yogurt).
I just mix the yogurt in a small bowl with some dry feed like crumbles, whole oats, BOSS, oatmeal, scratch even cereal. Kinda like a big pile of mush. They eat it all and don't get it everywhere. The bowl is usually empty in minutes. I think it would work for cottage cheese too. They're always on the look out for that bowl in my hands!
My girls (5 RIR and 6 Barred...5 mos old) go crazy over yogurt and/or oatmeal. I cook extra oatmeal for the kids in the morning and the ladies get the extra and it is literally gone in a matter of minutes!!
Yogurt contains calcium for strong eggshells and beneficial becteria that aids digestion.
You can actually grow organic chicks on organic yogurt and organic whole grain, or "multi-grain" cereals.
I've heard that milk causes diarrhea in chickens. While we're on the topic, I've also heard that raw eggs cause diarrhea. Is this true? And if not, could I feed milk as a calcium supplement?