How long is chicken poop toxic?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by barg, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. barg

    barg Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    I Plan to run the chickens around the yard in our tractor soon.
    We have a 1 year old who likes to play in the grass and put everything in her mouth.

    How long does it take for the area to become safe from anything in the chickens poop after they have been on it for a day or two.
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2007
  2. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I'd spray it down with a hose and let it dry and you should be ok. Toss a little bit of DE over it to be safe if you want.
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2007
  3. barg

    barg Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    What about salmonila or other illness that they might carry?
    Doesnt it need some time for chemical break down and bacteria to break down or die off?
  4. DoctorGoose

    DoctorGoose Songster

    Jul 27, 2007
    Bacteria will always be there! In the soil....everywhere....*plays spooky music*

    Generally, though, UV rays and dryness will kill bacteria--so spread it out well, wait till you can't see it anymore; but keep in mind that about 1/3 the mass of all feces is indeedy bacteria. [​IMG] Actually, they did a study somewhere, and kids who were raised in "dirtier" environments are actually healthier than those raised in sanitary conditions. Builds up the immune system at an early age--but just always be on the lookout for fever or diarrhea, and keep washing hands!

    Honestly, I really wouldn't worry too much about it--I'm much more worried about rats and bunnies than my chickies...

    *sighs* I love my bacteria-friends, but they do get in trouble sometimes...
  5. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Songster

    Mar 30, 2007
    Belleville, Kansas
    I like the half life question better. [​IMG]
  6. barg

    barg Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    So did I but I was afraid that some people wouldnt know what I meant so........ [​IMG]

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