Originally Posted by Fancychooklady
Unfortunately chickens are ground feeders and yep, they eat poop too. Seemingly healthy birds can carry salmonella , so it's best to treat all poultry with caution. Wash hands and eggs before eating, keep nest boxes clean and routinely clean feeders and water dishes. We have a strict ' shoes off ' policy here in the house and special coop shoes . I cringe when I see pics of chickens living inside, pooping everywhere . Hygiene is essential to health.
Yes - definitely do not introduce boots / shoes with chicken poop on them, into the interior of your home.
Is why most ( all ? ) farmers keep their boots at the door, to put on and take off when roaming paddocks of woopsies from heaven knows what ( including known stock ).
I always lightly wash my eggs before putting into the refridgerator for keeping ( even though there is advice that it removes the 'bloom' on the outer of the shell ) and then before using, I wash where I will crack the eggs with a knife to open them .... never ever crack an egg on the edge of a bowl .... one mistake with a bad egg, and the whole recipe goes down the toilet. ....... Not that my girls have ever laid a bad egg, but have had one or two from a supermarket in the past.
I have 'coop shoes' and should buy another pair - they are so comfortable. Called ' butt ugly', available at Rivers and other outlets. Kept outside, and despite being 'holy' are warm in fact, and super to trudge through the woopsies with.
If I had to have a chicken inside ( which in the past I did have - Moppitt Silkie when she was so sick ) she was confined in the bathroom, which was ultimately doused in bleach solution to clean everything after the poor wee soul passed away.
Best to keep everything as clean as possible. Even though I believe totally in deep litter for my chicken coops. So far, so good.