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Why are they eating their poo?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by futurefarmer08, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. futurefarmer08

    futurefarmer08 Songster

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    Hello,
    I provide a clean brooding box, food, clean water, wood shavings on 1/2 with newspaper and papertowels over the newspaper. Treats, grit. WHY DO THEY PECK AT & EAT THEIR POO?[​IMG] I tried having a talk with them:th and telling them that is unacceptable!!(ha ha) Thier poo is dried and you would think that there were much better things to peck at and eat. Maybe they are curious and just investigating?[​IMG] Do yours do that too?
     
  2. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

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    It helps them establish the bacteria in their gut for digestion. Yuck! they know what they are doing but it is gross. Jean
     
  3. futurefarmer08

    futurefarmer08 Songster

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    Hmmnn ok![​IMG] I get it but yeah. YUCK! Thanks for the info!!
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

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    This may be a stupid question but, do they have 24/7 access to their feed?
     

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