My dog got sick from eating chicken pooo

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  1. makern12

    makern12 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 19, 2009
    Denver, CO
    Well the first day we brought home our pullets my dog decided to eat chicken poo. He got so sick and it went through him like mud and messed our whole house up. My wife almost made me get rid of the chickens that do. Now they have to stay in their run and chicken coop and are not allowed to wander around the backyard like I was hoping. Do you think this would happen again if I let them out? Is it harmful for my dog to eat chicken poo? Sad but true...
  2. DawnSuiter

    DawnSuiter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Lots of dogs eat the chicken poop... not sure what happened to make yours so sick.. is it possible there was a coincidence and he/she at something else that made them sick? Well.. perhaps its just bad for your dog..

    our seem fine, we have to keep track of them more with our freerangers to make sure they aren't eating large amounts of it. I worm the dogs, & worm the chickens... I only worry about that harm... the worms exchange between the two.
  3. Picky Chicky

    Picky Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 22, 2008
    Holly Grove, VA
    Our dog (German Shepherd) is hopeless obsessed with eating our chickens poop. She'll come back into the house with her nose all dusty from rooting around in the pine shavings that fell out of the coop. It's totally disgusting, but so far she hasn't seemed to of gotten sick from it. She sure is hard headed tho - she'll be let out to "take a break" and instead she'll make a beeline over to the coop to see what's new with the poop. She'll refuse to come when I'm calling her when she's 'nose to the ground' hunting the goods.

    Yuck! [​IMG]
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I'm not quite sure it was chicken poo that made him sick. Did he by chance get into any chocolate? Or onions? I know those two things will give the dog runs. My dogs eat chicken poo all the time and I know many others here talking about their dogs eating it.
    Although it very well could be I guess...but IMO not very likely. I hope your wife will let you try again. Nothing beats watching chickens run around your yard. It's just awesome!

    OH and BTW WELCOME to BYC!!! [​IMG]
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  5. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    It could be that the chickens had been fed something that didn't set right with your dog's digestive system -- something that you may not be feeding them anymore. When I first got my chickens, my youngest dog wanted to eat them. Now he's quite content to let them live to make more poo for him. lol
  6. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    My vet told me that my chickens could not make my dog ill. That doesn't keep him from getting sick from eating sticks, rocks, rotten stuff, old rags... [​IMG]
    Hope your pup is okay.
  7. WiseChicks

    WiseChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Hudson, WI
    My dogs will eat chicken poop, cat poop, cat puke, rotten food and anything else they can get their little mouths on. If I catch them eating something disgusting, I lock them in the kitchen (tile food)..... much easier to clean up.

  8. dustbath

    dustbath Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2008
    Washington County, NY
    My enormous dog eats chicken droppings (and any others: horse being a favorite) all the time. Like the earlier correspondent, I've discussed it with the vet who assures me it's harmless.

    Could it be related to the dog's size? It is small or young? Or maybe it was just too much of a good thing?
  9. My Dane ate poo every time she was turned out so I usually watched her, but it never gave her the runs, My Yorkie more prone to runs than anyone else, so I keep pepto or something for the runs in the cabinet. marrie
  10. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    If your dog has never been exposed to anything like that before he probably went overboard on a digestive tract that wasn't used to it. Dogs always do that when we first let them out around the horses. They'll gobble down horse manure and make themselves sick. It comes back out of both ends. [​IMG] After the first time or 2 they realize it's not a good idea to eat that much and their digestive tract builds up the correct bacteria to digest it so it is no longer a problem. If anything manure from mostly herbivorous animals is good for dogs. It gives them a boost of the good bacteria needed to digest food. Most digestive tract upsets come from an improper balance of bacteria and often times feeding back manure from a healthy animal will actually prevent things like diarrhea.
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