Dog eating chicken poop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by blooo, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. blooo

    blooo In the Brooder

    Jun 10, 2008
    berkeley, ca
    I've worked with my dog so that now she mostly leaves the chickens alone. (Still wouldn't trust her with them alone while they're free-ranging, but for the most part she is pretty good.) The thing is, the dog really likes to eat chicken poop, especially when the poop is fresh! Let me just say "eeeuuww!"

    Other than being gross, does anyone know if this is bad for my dog? She has free access to the yard, so it would be really hard to stop her from finding and eating chicken poop.
  2. I have a pair of Basset Hounds. The female has done this since day one and she is almost three years old. She doesn't clean up after the chickens, rather, after herself and the male Basset.

    My vet said this was somewhat common in certain breeds, especially Bassets, and much more prevalent in the females. The vet felt is was part of their need to keep a clean "nursery" in the event of delivering a litter of pups.

    We have to keep an eye on her out in the yard, otherwise.... :eek:

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  3. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    What the...?!? I would think my done had gone (even more) mental if I saw her doing that.
  4. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Dogs love poop. I think it is normal. Mine loves chicken poop and cat poop. Poop eating is called coprophagia. I think it is normal for them to eat the poop of other species, but is considered a problem when they eat their own or the poop of other dogs. As long your chickens are healthy and wormed, I wouldn't worry about. Just don't kiss him on the lips.
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  5. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    I doubt chicken poop would be a problem. Mine frequently makes off with fairly large amounts of horse manure. Dogs do just like manure. There are some benefits actually to eating it. The good bacteria they ingest (like eating yogurt) and there are some vitamins that only herbivores can produce and most omnivorous or carnivorous animals would have to get from animal products. These would be present in their waste as well so if the predator could not manage to make a kill and get the meat they would still get some of the vitamins by eating the manure. Young animals will often turn to eating their mom's waste if they are having stomach problems or not getting all the nutrients they need. It's not at all uncommon for animals to eat others' waste.
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  6. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    My precious Sweetie munches down on chicken and horse poop like they are brownies. I generally try to keep her out of it, just because....well, just because. Every now and again she gets hold of some and I dont know until I get a whiff of her wonderful breath......She's gorgeous and healthy and happy, so I guess it isnt hurting her.
  7. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    Oh the shame. . .

    Before I got into chickens, I recall someone telling me, "Oh, chickens are dirty." Huh?? I have to say my chickens are much tidier than any dog I have ever had.

    My two noodges snap up chicken poop whenever I am not looking ~ oh, make that ALL THE TIME. They just look guilty when they do it in my presence, as this act is inevitably followed by my bellowing "GET OUTTA THERE!!!" and pointing angrily toward the house. They would also happily snack on kitty box crunchies if I let them. That's what dogs do.

    Dogs are just gnarly beasties with no couth: slobbering, burping, grinning, poop-breathed, fishy-water-smelling, mysterious-substance-rolling, critter chasing maniacs.

    Fortunately for us mine are also tender-hearted, cat-sitting, house-guarding, child-tolerant heroes who would gladly endanger their own safety to protect mine.

    Whatcha gonna do. . .

    Jen in TN
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  8. plester01

    plester01 Songster

    Jul 23, 2007
    it is gross but I guess it must have plenty of protein
  9. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    Just checkin' in with...yeah, what they said! [​IMG] My dog loves it, too! [​IMG]
  10. jbieware

    jbieware In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2008
    Silver Point TN
    Ewwww, I know, Mine does the same thing. the vet said it was ok. Just grosses me out. And I will NOT let her lick me.[​IMG]

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