Iron deficiency?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by addiedunn, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. addiedunn

    addiedunn Songster

    Oct 12, 2008
    Martinsville, IN
    I have a hen that I recently discovered loves ice. A couple of weeks ago I was breaking a hole in the ice in the pond and she went to town on a big chunk I threw in the yard. Today I threw another chunk out and my Golden Retriever grabbed it and was working on it while the hen ran around her and tried to take it from her. This was about a one pound chuck of ice, mind you, and this nutty chicken was trying to take it from my 90 lb dog!. It was the funniest thing I saw all day, and possibly all week. [​IMG]
    I crushed some smaller pieces and put them in the driveway for her and she just went nuts over it. They have water so she wasn't thirsty but I know (first hand) that ice craving in humans can be an iron deficiency. Think it would be so for a chicken as well? Or should I just post this under the treat chart section of the feeding thread? lol
    I'm going out tomorrow with the camera to get more "ice-capades" on film. Should be film-worthy if it was anything like today.

  2. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Songster

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area

    Welcome to BYC!!!

    I love the saying in your postcript!!!

    I would also love to see your ice-eating chicken!!

  3. sussexgal

    sussexgal Songster

    I dunnoh, Addie.... A couple weeks ago I was cleaning the coop. Use a tractor with a bucket on the front and shovel all the stuff into the bucket to go dump.... To make a short story long, my girls were picking the snow and ice off the tractor tires like it was cracked corn. All of em were lined up... I attributed that to curiosity.... they are a hoot to watch! If you're worried tho, you can give her some burger meat - raw or cooked - to suppliment for the iron. Leafy greens would work too....
  4. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Quote:I don't know either Addiedunn but I do know that iron deficiency leads to the same thing as with humans - anemia. And, that this isn't an uncommon problem with chickens especially color-feathered birds. Isn't that something? Merck

    I'm with Sussexgal, maybe some red meat, dark green veggies, in their diets . . . as to ice craving [​IMG]


  5. addiedunn

    addiedunn Songster

    Oct 12, 2008
    Martinsville, IN
    I put radish tops and broccoli in the pen a three days ago and they are still there, completely whole. I think i've spoiled them with treats. Maybe I'll try spinach and see if they like that any better. Now I'm a little worried that it is a deficiency of some sort.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2009

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