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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sabrina1099, Nov 23, 2015.
They shouldn't. Sometimes they'll peck at their poop but, usually, they hate the taste and don't do it again.
On the contrary, chickens eat their own poop. There are a lot of partially digested nutrients there. It’s how they develop flock immunities and share probiotics. That’s part of why chicks raised by a broody hen are normally so healthy. They get probiotics and develop flock immunities by eating her poop.
They also find a lot of nutrients in other animals’ poop. One method for pastured poultry is to follow cattle with chickens. The chickens scratch and scatter the cow patties while getting a lot of good nutrients from it.
Chickens are not human beings. They are not disgusted by the same things we are. They don't eat a lot of their poop, but they will eat some.
Fascinating. I knew some animals like dogs, rabbits, etc, ate poop because of the nutrients contained in them but I've never seen, heard of or known chickens to be the same.
I apologize for my mis-information. I was just going by my personal experience with my own flock.