My dog is eating the chickens poop

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by rstampa, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. rstampa

    rstampa Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Tampa, Florida
    My chickens free range during the afternoon. When my Mini Pin (dog) goes out to do her business she likes to eat the chickens poop. She has never been sick in her 4 years on this earth. But when my chickens were old enough to free range my dog started to get sick now and again. She threw-up a few times and wouldn't eat anything even her favorite treat. After a day or so she's back to normal. I'm guessing its the chickens poop because that's the only new element in her environment.
    Please give me any advise you can. I have a big back yard where they all doing there business.

  2. bonnylass79

    bonnylass79 Songster

    Nov 5, 2009
    Central Florida
    It probably effects him more because he's such a small breed. I can't keep my two 50 lb dogs away from the chicken poo. I just try to catch them in the act and give a firm "NO." Is there an area where he can go that the chickens don't have access to? That's about the only way I can think of to keep him away from it entirely.
  3. Hillsvale

    Hillsvale Songster

    Oct 20, 2009
    Hillsvale, Nova Scotia
    one of our dogs will eat anything including cat litter box poo and anything dead... if you find a solution please fill us in! lol
  4. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    My dogs eat the fresh poo too...but there doesn't seem to be ill effects. But, they'll eat the baby's poo-- should there be an accident when he's commando, also without effect.

    With a small dog...that could be a tummy upset waiting to happen. Maybe she'll learn? Otherwise, jsut don't kiss the dog?

  5. Jess N Jeff

    Jess N Jeff Songster

    Oct 25, 2009
    South San Diego, Cali
    My 4 dogs LOVE the chicken poop. I try my best to keep the yard poop free, but really...thats a lot of poop!!! My vet says since the chickens eat so well(fresh fruits and veggies and high quality feed) and there are no worms or diseases that it will not harm them.

    Its just...eeeewwwwww.....[​IMG]
  6. LuckyFarrell

    LuckyFarrell In the Brooder

    Jan 6, 2009
    Plymouth, MA
    We eventually had to fence off an area for the chickens because not only did our little Cassidy like to eat the poop, but she enjoyed the aroma so much she would cover herself in it, needless to say the chickens free ranging days were numbered after DW had to scrub the pup for a week.
  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    My dogs do it too...nasty things.. [​IMG]

  8. HEChicken

    HEChicken Crowing 8 Years

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    Sounds like very normal behavior. My two dogs are larger than yours (45 & 70#) but put it this way, we never have to clean off the back deck even though the chooks love to climb the stairs and come to peer in at us through the glass door. Worse than that, more than once we've caught the bigger dog with her head and shoulders all the way in the coop, snacking on what was left under the roost the night before. Yeah, ewwww, gross, but when she does that, she's getting probably as big a "dose" for her weight as your little dog is getting from picking up a little from the grass. I've never seen any ill effects from this or eating the cat poop whenever they can get access to it, so although your dog's symptoms started around the same time as he started eating the chicken poop, it might be worth considering the possibility that this is pure coincidence, and get him checked out by the vet for other potential causes of the stomach upsets.
  9. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Quote:That's because she has a new favorite treat. The only thing most dogs find tastier than chicken poop is cat poop.

  10. Hen_House_Rocks!

    Hen_House_Rocks! Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    I don't have any advice for you, but if it makes ya feel better my dog likes to roll in the chicken poop. Yup. [​IMG]

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