Is it parasites? What should I do? Can I use the poop on my garden?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bernice13, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. bernice13

    bernice13 New Egg

    Nov 20, 2010
    We have 2 buff orpingtons in our backyard. They are 8 months old. They have a 4 x 20 foot run, and some days we move them around in a tractor. Their coop is 4 x 4 (the inside part) and I clean out their poop from their inside coop about every 2nd or 3rd day.

    For the past few weeks I have notice spherical translucent white balls about the size of a poppy seed clinging to the surface of their poop. Some days I only see a few of these, some days I see alot (a dozen on a large poop).

    Is that parasite eggs?

    I've bought some Diatemacious Earth (sp?) and am mixing about a teaspoon full into some warm oatmeal each morning, which they share - been doign that for a few days. How long before I should see the eggs go away?

    Also, I used to throw their poop and shavings into my garden, but I am afraid to now. I've been collecting it in plastic bags and throwing it in the garbage. I don't want to have any parasites on our lettuce come spring! But I'm bummed - I want to use the chicken poop on the garden. when can I be sure it is safe?

    Thanks for your help!
  2. Soaring Chicks

    Soaring Chicks Soaring Hawks Farm

    Jan 3, 2010
    Sounds like Tapeworms. DE should work. You will want to deworm again 2 weeks later. Do to their life cycles. If that does not work check hatchery /supply sites they should have something else. Good luck.
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Quote:X2. DE only works if it is dry. The inside of a chicken is not dry. DE is useless in this case. I'd recommend getting a de-wormer.

    Tapeworm eggs can live up to 15 months in the environment. These are not directly infective to humans. They must pass through a couple stages before they can infect humans. The most common way humans can get tapeworms is by ingesting fleas, which host the eggs until they reach the proper life stage to infect humans. In other words, don't lick your chickens (or cats or dogs) and you can probably avoid them being a problem for you. You can still use the poop as compost.

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