Let's face it: Chickens eat their poop!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jmc, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Chickens enjoy scratching inside the coop, as well as outside for greens, etc.

    But what they are eating IN the coop isn't spilled feed or scratch (which I don't give them), but small pieces of their wood shaving bedding and--I would assume--pieces of their poop, as well.

    This does not overly concern me, but should it? I don't think there is a way to avoid this (I do deep litter, btw). It is impossible to contain all the poop chickens lay to a place outside of their reach.

    So the long & the short of it is: my chickens--at least mine and I assume yours--eat a good little bit of simply wood pieces and poop every day!

    Whaddyall tink o' dat?
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    yes they do.

    My coop has a wire floor and is raised, so a lot of the poo at night falls through to the ground underneath.

    Where is their absolute FAV place to hang out and dust bathe?

    You guessed it - right under the coop...

    On the positive side, they keep the poo all scratched up and broken up so I don't have much of a clean up job... [​IMG]

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