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We discovered that our 4 month old chicks are eating potting soil out of pots. Is this safe for them

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SuburbChickens, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. SuburbChickens

    SuburbChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    We discovered that our 4 month old chicks have been eating out of pots that have potting soil in them with old roots for a few days - the plants died and were thrown away but they are eating the soil. Is the potting soil safe for them to digest?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I wouldn't imagine it's an issue, but you could remove the pots just to be on the safe side.

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  3. SuburbChickens

    SuburbChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I won't worry then, if it's alright. Someone suggested that maybe they are needing something like grit if they are eating dirt. I do have a bowl of grit for them sitting out by the door of the coop and also have a bowl of oyster shell. I have seen one of the chicks eating a little bit of the grit, but they keep coming back to the pots constantly, like the potting soil is candy to them or something. I also have plenty of food and water out and see all 3 of my chickens eating and drinking from those as they should. Our 7 month old hen is now eating out of the pots too, so I thought I would double check before I try to place the pots somewhere else - right now they are around my patio and down low. I guess I won't worry about moving the pots if it's alright, although my chickens are starting to make quite a mess. Also, I plan to have flowers or herbs in them again once our hot months are over.
     

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