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luckylady

  • Joined Aug 2009
  • Yorkshire
Pet lambs eating horse poo
« on: June 01, 2012, 11:10:06 pm »
If our pet lambs come across some dried horse poo they have a good munch on it.  When our mare had her foal the foal used to eat her poo, presumably to get the right bacteria from it for a healthy gut.  Could this be what the lambs are seeking to do?  Should I be discouraging this or leaving them be?  I hasten to add that we do poo-pick our paddocks but its impossible to get every scrap.
Would appreciate opinions.  Thank you.  :)
Doing that swan thing - cool and calm on the surface but paddling like crazy beneath.

Mammyshaz

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Durham
Re: Pet lambs eating horse poo
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2012, 11:31:17 pm »
Perhaps it's the same reason as our dogs do.... Just to laugh at us yelling at them as they run past with a mouthful, just far enough not to be put back on a lead!! ::)
Or perhaps someone with a reasonable answer will come along soon  :innocent:

luckylady

  • Joined Aug 2009
  • Yorkshire
Re: Pet lambs eating horse poo
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2012, 08:59:43 am »
Thanks Mammyshaz - its good to get the lighthearted replies too.   ;D ;D ;D
 
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Small Farmer

  • Joined Jan 2012
  • Bedfordshire
Re: Pet lambs eating horse poo
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2012, 09:39:37 am »
Horses have much less efficient digestion systems than ruminants so I'd expect theres good eating in some of that sh*t
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