Caught My Chickens Eating Cat Poop!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JokerRose, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. JokerRose

    JokerRose New Egg

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    So, the other day when I let my 4 month old pullets out into the enclosed patio (where I let them safely free-range) I saw them going crazy over something they found in the dirt. I thought it might be a juicy bug of some sort, but it was a cat turd! I was disgusted! I grabbed a spade and took it away from them. I have no idea how long they have been eating found cat doodies. I have two old cats that I let outside sometimes (they don't bother the girls, in fact they are rather afraid of them - Mrs. Howell can be a scary attack chicken) so I know who the guilty cat is. Every morning now before I let my chickens out, I take my spade and check around first. Are my chickens going to be ok? They seem to be thriving and I doubt that was their first cat nugget. But then again, ingesting feces can't be good for them. How much should I worry about this?
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  2. LoreenH

    LoreenH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know dogs will eat cat poop any chance they get. My vet says it is their idea of candy......ewwwww. Don't know if it will hurt chickens or not.
     
  3. Mrs.ChickChick

    Mrs.ChickChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, I don't have an answer to your question, but just wanted to say, That is gross! I get grossed out scooping the cat's litter box, LOL. Those silly girls will eat anything!
     
  4. JokerRose

    JokerRose New Egg

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    Mrs.ChickChick :

    Those silly girls will eat anything!

    I caught Mrs. Howell with a dead mouse once. *gack!*​
     
  5. Lil Chickie Mama

    Lil Chickie Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Geez, good thing I don't let my dog cook, Lord knows what she'd have us eating!
    I don't know if it would hurt them or not, I'd worry about toxoplasmosis which both chickens and cats can have (do they all already have it? I don't know) but I don't know. I've heard plenty of people saying that it's fine to have your chickens go over rabbit and goat "berries" because there is still unprocessed food and protein in them, but domestic house animals are a different story I think. You are always supposed to be very careful about poo from dogs or cats, I just keep a spare compost area for doggie doos when I find them.
     
  6. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I doubt if it will hurt them. My dogs will eat cat poop any chance they get. They're delighted we added chooks to the family - now there's even more candy out there [​IMG] The chicks occasionally peck at the dog turds. One of my chicks pecks at the other chick's butts. The dogs try to lick the cat's butt as he walks by. Hmm....methinks animals don't think quite the same about these things as we do....
     
  7. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine girls found baby mice and dog throw up! Talk about ewww!
     
  8. daklander

    daklander Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Get your dog eating bananas and the cat poop eating will usually stop.
     
  9. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Iknow that when dogs eat cat poop it is a defeciancy in diet. Id look into that
     
  10. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I am definitely trying that - thanks for the tip!
     

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