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night time poops

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ontimeborzoi, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. ontimeborzoi

    ontimeborzoi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was reading on another thread, since closed, that it is not normal for chickens to produce the truely heroic amounts of poop that they do when roosting. Is this true?! The writer was saying that the problem is our feed, that chickens are not vegetarians and yet we feed them strictly grain diets, and that the copious poop is from undigested, unutilized food.
    I feed my dogs a lot of raw meat and bones and it has made an amazing difference in their general health, no more ear, skin or picky gland infections.
    Are we feeding our chickens an inappropriate ( yet undeniably convenient ) diet??
    I'm thinking on how to change up my feed, add cat food perhaps, and see what happens with the pooping thing.
     
  2. ontimeborzoi

    ontimeborzoi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know what a "picky" gland is! LOL When i went to edit that it shows 'picky gland' just fine. Whats up with that?
     
  3. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Quote:[​IMG] That is the BYC "auto editor" changing those glands that dogs have in their rear to something less "offensive"
     
  4. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know about the diet thing, I do know my chickens have free ranged all day every day in the past and they still pooped like crazy at night. I really don't think the feed is undigested or unutilized, though, because their poop is clearly...poop not just blobs of indigested feed.
     
  5. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's the best BYC auto-swearword-correct EVER!
     
  6. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    It's perfectly normal for chickens to eliminate at night. This is why some folks have "drop boards". In the winter I send the girls to bed with a full crop so they digest during the night and stay warmer.

    Bombs awwwwaaaaayyyyyy! [​IMG]


    Rancher
     
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't think chickens should only eat meat and insects. When they free range and can eat anything they want, they choose to eat a wide variety of foods. They choose to eat grass, dark leafy greens, seeds, fruits and some vegetables, as well as lots of insects, worms, larva and the occasional lizard, mouse or small bird. That's a long list of foods that not only have a full range of vitamins and minerals, most have a lot of fiber in them. I don't think fiber is bad for chickens.

    I think if you gave chickens all the insects, worms, larva and meat they wanted, they would still crave some of the other foods that provide nutrients that they need. They need more than meaty foods can provide and those other foods contain fiber. Fiber comes out as chicken poop.
     
  8. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read that chickens do 60-90% of their pooping at night, which is pretty amazing given how much they poop throughout the day! I have a poop pit, and it is filling up fast these days...
     
  10. partsRheavy

    partsRheavy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you're a chicken or an active human the way to say Good Morning is to create a Stink about it!!!! [​IMG]
     

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