Hens eating mud?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Soot the silkie, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. Soot the silkie

    Soot the silkie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have four chickens, different ages. Whenever I clean out their water by dumping it on the ground, they all rush over like I'm giving them the best treat ever and start drinking from the ground. If I kick dirt in the water and make it into thicker mud they think that's even better. It's probably a natural chicken behavior and I don't think they are deficient, they get both crushed up eggshell and oyster shells, but I'm worried about possible lead in the soil if they start eating too much. Any suggestions on how to stop them? Just wondering...
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Yep. They do prefer muddy water over fresh, clean water. Mine purposefully kick dirt into their water...
     
  3. Soot the silkie

    Soot the silkie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok then, I suppose all chickens are weirdos. [​IMG]
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How's their aim? Haha!

    They much prefer drinking from rain puddles than nice clean waterer.
    Mine eat dry dirt too, dig deep holes not just to dust bathe, they're eating something in there.
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Their aim is pretty good. They only do it when there are no puddles to drink from.
     
  6. Fletch83

    Fletch83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do that too!!
     

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