Originally Posted by LuckysMum
Bears at it again. Paul put some plastic mesh to stop the ISA's from coming out from under the coop to the path he made, Bear ripped it out last night and was in the run. For some reason he likes to eat their poo. That's why we try so hard to stop him from getting into any of our runs/coops. We didn't have anything stronger at the time so I guess its off to Bunnings to get something stronger.
Apologies in advance for the subject in detail here !!
Most dogs love eating poo - it's weird but perhaps goes back to the removal of other animal scat by wolves from near wolf dens, to denote and re-establish territory. ( just my thought - I have not researched that ). A dominant dog will pee on top of another dogs' pee to re-establish his ( mainly a male dog thing ) or her territory.
My dogs have always found possum woopsies to be the delight of the day and being that it is all vegetable matter, it doesn't seem to hurt them at all. Two of them used to get into the cat trays if I wasn't careful. Ended up purchasing booda boxes ( can be an expensive item ). !! and even then had to allow access only for the cats, and not for the dogs to get their heads into.
As for chicken poo - that is not too good for a dog. A Vet nurse told me this, and explained the urate in the chicken poo can be a problem.
Birds and mammals if working efficiently, change ammonia into uric acid ( or urea in humans ) ... birds discharge both urine ( ? ) and solid excretia at the same time - all comes out at once. Especially bad for a pup or young dog. The more mature dogs seem to be able to handle it. My own dog Ruby, after the first time ever that she had a 'picnic' in the chook pen ( because I left the gate unlatched and the wind blew it open, while clipping my chickens' wings in the laundry ) - developed quite severe diarrhoea after that episode. The Vet cautiously thought it was her first time introduction to chook woopsies that had caused it. Rice and chicken, to gradual re-introduction of normal food - and some meds, brought it all under control.
Ruby has been banned from fresh droppings ever since, and if my little Mindy has been free ranging in a separate area, I go around with the trowel and pick up as much as possible, her droppings of the afternoon, before Ruby is allowed out to toilet. At which time I watch, and there are a lot of "NO's" from me. She obeys and doesn't touch whatever it might be. She also loves munching on chicken feathers, pockets them in her cheeks and brings them inside to hide. !!! Gotta watch that too.
Only advising here, that perhaps it's best to be safe than sorry.
Old dried up chicken droppings don't have the same impact ( apparently ). It's the fresh stuff that's the potential problem.
Edited by Anniebee - 4/20/16 at 9:54pm