Hens eating there own poop!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mygroomshop, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. mygroomshop

    mygroomshop Out Of The Brooder

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    This is totally gross but why are my hens eating there own poo? They are well fed with food, snacks and treats. They always dig under there roost and today I litterally watched on poop and her and the others dove for it like it was gold. Sorry but I am descusted and I can take alot of gross! Any help would be appreciated! Till then No egg sandwiches for me! Eww
     
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Any chance they have worms?
     
  3. mygroomshop

    mygroomshop Out Of The Brooder

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    No idea how would I check or what could I do about it
     
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Check the poop for worms, means you'll have to see it before they jump on it. [​IMG]
    Better to take a sample to the vet for a test.

    If they have any, worm them. There are many products, best to do a BYC search for "worms".

    Could be they need more protein or are pooping corn bits? Just guessing here, it's a nasty thing to see but they don't normally get so excited about it.
     
  5. ga_goat

    ga_goat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like chickens being chickens to me .
     
  6. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Can't say I've ever seen them do that, except when baby chicks eat some of mom's poo, which has a purpose.

    What do you feed them?
     
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  8. mygroomshop

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    Iv'e never used DE would now be a good time? I am off to the farm store to see what they have for worm medicine. Keep replies coming appreciate it.
     
  9. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nothing to worry about my girls forage thru their poop, the rabbits poop, the ducks poop. They are being hens. They havent got worms.
     
  10. Judy

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