Are Chickens Lactose Intolerant?

Are Chickens Lactose Intolerant?
One of the many sources of nutrients my chickens enjoy in their varied diet is milk from my Nubian dairy goats. Sometimes they get it fresh and warm, straight from the morning milking. Other times I stir in fines — those bits of leaves and seeds that accumulate at the bottom of the goats’ hay manger — and let it ferment overnight. By the next morning, it has naturally turned into a yogurt-like or soft cheese consistency with a divinely herbal odor. As tempting as it smells, I’ve never tasted it, but my chickens mob me when they see their milk bucket coming. On the other hand, I hear repeatedly that chickens are lactose intolerant. Indeed, old-time poultry keepers fed milk to their growing birds to deliberately cause diarrhea to flush out the organisms that cause coccidiosis. So what’s the deal? Lactose and Lactase Lactose, otherwise known as milk sugar,

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