Two sweet silkies, but eating their own poop.yuck

red rosecomb

Songster
11 Years
Sep 28, 2008
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Pretoria- South Africa
i recently saved two white non bearded silkie chicks from a friend of mine who breeds silkies, who was going to cull them for their bad habit of eating thier own poop. i thought that they were just missing something in their diet so i started giving them vitamin supplements,fresh veggies, fresh fruit, store bought earthworms and a few calcium supplements. i tried everything in my power to stop them from eating their own poop by collecting the poop regularly but they even started eating thier own freshly pooped poop. i am wondering if this is what silkies do and if it is dangerous to their health? and if it is what other things can i do to stop them from eating their own poop?

please help I'm stressing here!
 

dixie chicken

In the Brooder
12 Years
Apr 6, 2007
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The Heart of Dixie, Calera Al
Hmmm. I have never seen or heard of this behavior before so don't know how much help I can be. But, I do have a lot of silkies and they do not eat their own poop. Makes me think that there is a mineral or trace element deficiency. Sounds like you have tried everything. Do they have access to dirt, clay type soil or grit?
 

red rosecomb

Songster
11 Years
Sep 28, 2008
94
16
109
Pretoria- South Africa
if i decide to let these two silkies brood a few chicks, would this poop eating trait pass onto the chicks because these chickens keep going broody on the fertile silkie eggs i got from their previous owner. i wouldnt want to cull these chickens and their chicks because of poop eating.
 

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