Chickens drinking sewage water!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by krzybo, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. krzybo

    krzybo Out Of The Brooder

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    We had a problem with our septic tank :barnieand had some sewage leakage. As we were fixing the problem the chickens drank some of the water that had run off from the sewage lines. Will this harm the hens? Should we throw their eggs away for a few days? Are there any other problems this could cause that we should be on the lookout for? Thanks for any input.
     
  2. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As that sounds pretty gross, sorry about your misfortune, I certainly would not want to eat eggs that have my own feces injected in them. However, I wouldn't think it would harm the chickens any.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Chickens eat some nasty stuff. The egg is from the reproductive tract with is not in the same "tube" as the gut, so as long as the birds remain healthy, their eggs will be fine.
     
  4. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have what is called a "gray water" system. What is means is that the water from our clothes and dish washers does not go through our septic system but just goes into a pit below the house--this preserves the septic system from being fouled with excess soap. The chickens have access to that pit and drink from it all the time--I swear they prefer it to their waterer--and have for 20 years. There has never been a problem with either the birds or our health from this. Actually, if the septic tank is working properly the outflow should be relative safe as well.
     
  5. krzybo

    krzybo Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the information. The chickens are doing fine.
     
  6. bills

    bills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you follow good septic principals, and aren't flushing bleach, cleaning fluids, etc., into it, at least they shouldn't be getting anything toxic, in the way of chemicals. I would think that they may ingest a few new micro-organisms, that their gut is not familiar with, which might affect them. Any odd droppings the last few days?

    Be like us going to Mexico..[​IMG]
     
  7. krzybo

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    Quote:Droppings look the same. They seem to all be doing fine.
     
  8. linafaith

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    Our chickens are doing the same thing. Our septic needs fixed badly and we are in the process but its expensive. My question is are the eggs ok to eat? Our septic is overflowing threw the caps.
     

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