Chicken ate dog or cat poop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Spinster_Sister, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Spinster_Sister

    Spinster_Sister Songster

    Nov 9, 2009
    Hawthorne, CA
    This totally freaked me out, just about 10 minutes ago my hen, Parsley, pecked and ate some type of fresh poop. It appears to be possible from our dog, but could have been from one of the neighbor's cat. The poop was pretty fresh and coffee with cream in colour. She pecked at and had a beakful ... walked away and wiped her beak on the grass. Now my question is: Can she pick up any disease from doing such a yucky thing? Are her eggs still good to eat for the following week or two? Should I just assume she ate some worm eggs and start her on a de-worming regimen?

    That sight just really disgusted me. I am use to dogs eating poop of all kinds.....but my chicken??? Ugh!!
  2. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Songster

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    chickens eat all kinds of disgusting things, their own poo, bugs, one of mine ate a snake like spaghetti . I wouldn't worry too much.
  3. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers


    Okay, so as to not seem insensitive, chickens DO eat a lot of gross things. I would prefer my DOGS wouldn't eat chicken poop!
  5. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
  6. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    The eggs are fine. The chicken is fine. I just wouldn't kiss the chicken on the lips until after the next good rain. [​IMG]
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas

    Kane (our younger GSD) barfed outside a few weeks back. DH covered it with a pile of fallen leaves. Later on the same day...yep, the chickens dug it up and ate it. [​IMG]

    Chickens are gross creatures. Best to get over that early on.
  8. Spinster_Sister

    Spinster_Sister Songster

    Nov 9, 2009
    Hawthorne, CA
    Thanks everybody for posting replies. I have never seen my chickens do that, I have seen them pick up dried chicken poop, beak it and then drop it - never any other species' poop.
    What is a GSD?
  9. Baymule

    Baymule Songster

    Jul 1, 2010
    Northeast Texas
    Laughing so hard over this post..........I just burst out laughing [​IMG]
  10. mcostas

    mcostas Chirping

    Aug 2, 2010
    I just witnessed mine pecking at dog crap today!! I ran and poop scooped but it's too late, the image is engraved on my brain!!

    My doggies eat the chicken crap so I don't know why I'm surprized. Yesterday buffy ate a dead frog. I'm not sure if she killed it, I don't think so, I was preparing a raised bed in my garden and buffy was "helping".

    Termites were swarming today, there was a piece of wood in the front yard with them all over it, I carried buffy out front and sat her down and she ate them! That didn't gross me out though. I found more swarms in the back yard and my other chickens got to eat them. I have 6 week old babies, I should have made a video of them eating termites from an old bag of mulch!

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