Lactose confusion

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kuntrychick, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just wondering about chickens being lactose intolerant. I know I've read about giving them buttermilk & yogurt (which mine love) & cottage cheese.

    I know the buttermilk & yogurt have the active cultures which is good probiotics, but are they not lactose?

    I just wasn't sure where to draw the line on the dairy or non-dairy dry milk for that matter.
     
  2. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    I have found that lactose intolerance usually relates to processed milk. Chickens raised around dairy cows and given raw milk seem to thrive very well and live long lives. They eat and drink a lot of dairy products but know their limits, too.

    I was diagnosed many years ago as being lactose intolerant. Funny enough, it is only homogenized milk that causes problems. Fresh cow or goats milk never hurts me. Too many stupid "improvements" to our food causes the problems, not the way God made it.
     
  3. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i was wondering the same thing.
     
  4. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    So there you have it, from a vet. Quoting from the article linked above:

    "Some milk products do not contain lactose, such as cottage cheese and other types of cheese. Generally, it is thought that it is safe to offer yogurt and cheese, although products that contain lactose are probably safe, if offered in small amounts. Interestingly, live culture yogurt does contain lactose when it is produced; however the live organisms in the yogurt consume the lactose, eventually removing the lactose entirely from the yogurt before it is consumed! "

    I've heard many say that yogurt has lactose and that cheese and so forth does too, but I've questioned that. Now it seems that it doesn't after all.

    Agreed on the processed milk. I never liked milk at all till I drank some raw milk. Oh My what a difference! Turns out it's not the milk I hate, it's what we do to it. Of course without pasteurizing many would be unable to get safe milk, but if you have access to some, do give it a try. My son is very interested in diet and nutrition and tells me that while raw milk does have lactose in it, it's a different form somehow than it is after processing. I don't understand it completely, but it does make sense when you realize that so many people have fed their chickens raw milk w/out any bad consequences.
     
  6. ScottyHOMEy

    ScottyHOMEy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What's the source of your concern?
     
  7. Chris09

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  8. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been feeding raw goat milk to my chickens for 30 some odd years with no problems at all. I mix it with their crumbles. I do also make yogurt and other milk based products for their dining pleasure, but they get milk daily. It sure helps keep those eggs nice and strong.
     
  9. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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  10. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I remember reading about an old "cure" for worms was to give milk to the chickens. I suppose since enough milk will cause the chickens to get the runs, and since worms probably come out with the diarrhea, people thought this was curing the infestation.
     

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