Chickens Health Issues Stories from Our Nest

Potty Mouth

My husband was out with the chickens this morning with our daughter and came inside the house, where I was making beds, to let me know that Dottie Speckles is eating chicken poop.  He went on to tell me that it was a big wet nasty fresh poop! 

I know that dogs eat poop.  I know that people eat strange things too.  I had never really thought about chickens, but I guess they can too.  Sometimes, animals and humans will eat strange things because they are deficient in certain nutrients or vitamins.  As a quickly growing bird, 14 week old Dottie Speckles, might be missing out out something.  So, I decided to add some vitamins and electrolytes to the food.  I added extra grit, just in case she was recycling grit from someone’s poop.  I also gave them some yogurt, to help balance any abnormal bacterial levels in her gastrointestinal tract. 

I hope that these few measure will make a difference.  However, no matter what you do, there are some animals that just tend to do gross things!  I hope I can get the message across to Dottie Speckles that eating poop is just not ladylike.

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