Will chicks eat their own poop ?

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  1. sabrina1099

    sabrina1099 Out Of The Brooder

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  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    They shouldn't. Sometimes they'll peck at their poop but, usually, they hate the taste and don't do it again.
     
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  3. Ridgerunner

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    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.
     
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  4. Mountain Peeps

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    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. :)
     

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