Chickens hanging out in goat pen! Is it safe?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by petesgirl, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. petesgirl

    petesgirl Chirping

    May 28, 2010
    The goats don't mind the chickens hanging out, but I am worried about what the chickens are eating! There is quite a bit of goat poo and straw in there. Chickens like to scratch around and find worms, slugs and bugs. Can the chickens get worms from eating and scratching in the goat poo? We do de worm the goats, but I guessing they have worms sometimes.
    I know chickens like to eat earthworms, and I think that is what they are finding, but what about roundworms and such from the poo?
    I just started using DE in the chicken coop, should I use it in the goat pen? It's a huge area and am thinking it would take alot of DE.
    Besides DE, what is the best de wormer for chickens that is safe for laying hens and their eggs for consumption?
    Thanks in advance for any info!!!
  2. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Songster

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    our chickens free range through the goat/horse/donkey/deer pens, they do fine. I read somewhere that having chickens freeranging in your pastures helps cut down on the worms that the goats/horses...etc.. have. also rotating the pastures also, with the different farm animals.

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