With regards to my fil's current sick chicken issues, it started me thinking...
His coops and runs run down one side of his back yard. In the center of his yard is the leach field for the septic. The coops are probably 15 or 20 feet away from the edge of it. My bil and his clan lived with them for about a year and the last 6 months of them living there overloaded the system. There were very wet areas in the leach field-swampy even. They moved out and the septic thing has resolved itself, but now I wonder if that could travel into the coops/runs. There never appeared to be any run off into the chicken area. Can it just move through dry ground. Is it even a possibility in septic water?
Another thing is that the bil clan had a dog tied out back. He was apparently sick on and off and finally just curled up and died. They said he had gotten sick from swimming in a pond with blue green algae. I didn't know about the dog or I would have intervened (can't stand a mooch so I didn't visit). My mil and fil are on an incredibly tight budget (we pay for alot) so I've got alot of time and money tied into my inlaws hobbies. I just want them to be happy and them sitti g around not having a life is not happy. Anyway, I want to help him with this before they all get sick. I saw the suggestion for the fecal. I can do that.
Edited by dogwoodlaine - 10/21/14 at 6:11pm