Hi.. my name is Kymarose... I'm fairly new to posting on BYC. I have a strange question. My chickens and ducks are free range, and we live in the Willamette Valley of Oregon where it is usually very wet during winter months. On our property... and adjoining properties... there are many winter springs, with water running out of the ground. Our sewer drain lines get full and seep onto the ground surface. So.. my question is, how much harm is it for the chickens and ducks to scratch and eat in that area? It sounds horrible to me and I have it fenced off, but some of the chickens do go over the fence to get to that wet area. I'm not sure how to completely stop them and I'm not sure how problematic this would be to their eggs. Any one with answers for me? The water there is not totally sewer water as it has been filtered through the ground and mixed with spring water. Thanks in advance for your replies.