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#16 2016-06-18 15:26:33

TruNorth
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Re: Meat bird milk experiment

Not all dairy products have lactose in them.  Anything fermented such as yogurt, natural cheese, kefir etc. has little or no lactose -- the lactobaccilis eat it and excrete acid.  When I feed milk to chicks, it has always been diluted quite a lot, and only for the first 2 days or so.  (Because it gets hard to clean the waterers, not because I thought there was any problem.)  With finishing meat birds it has usually been curds and whey, which is fermented.

In the old (100+ years) books on poultry keeping there is frequent reference to feeding milk, but little about whether the milk should be fresh or cultured.  I think in the days before refrigeration most milk didn't stay 'fresh' for long!


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#17 2016-06-18 15:27:43

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Re: Meat bird milk experiment

Could simply be too much calcium, as well.


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#18 2016-06-18 15:50:22

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Re: Meat bird milk experiment

Did a little test  to see if my buckeyes liked sour cream - slightly off sour cream (very old back of fridge) .  Yes, they do!

No apparent negative results, but there wasn't that much by the time the entire flock had some!

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#19 2016-06-18 15:54:43

crestedbird
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Re: Meat bird milk experiment

lol I am lactose intolerant and I love sour cream to lol yummmmm


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#20 2016-06-18 16:24:23

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Re: Meat bird milk experiment

I doubt it was coccidosis since they're on medicated feed. The evening routine was to feed the chicks starter, milk the goats, put fresh milk in for the chicks, then finish feeding everyone and remove the milk feeder before going inside. They had access for about an hour or so. No chance of milk souring.


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#21 2016-06-19 17:59:58

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Re: Meat bird milk experiment

LOL Heda -- that buckeye looks like he has just been hit with a creme pie!


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#22 2016-06-19 18:06:31

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Re: Meat bird milk experiment

After two days of no milk the chicks are perkier, healthier looking. Sort of like if a human had a upset tummy from lactose intolerance.


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#23 2016-06-19 20:44:20

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Re: Meat bird milk experiment

Maybe they will be able to handle it better when they are older.    Possibly too much milk for too young a bird.?

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#24 2016-10-07 19:22:30

tyska
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Re: Meat bird milk experiment

That's interesting as I feed all my little chicks with cottage cheese that I make by just adding rennet. Haven't noticed any problems in all the years I've been doing it. Quite often will soak their grain in milk if I have extra when they are getting near finishing also.

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