Need advice/dogs/chickens/worms/new to this

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by My little coop, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. My little coop

    My little coop New Egg

    Feb 9, 2016
    Hello everyone, I look forward to learning from this site and making some new chicken buddies :)
    My family and I are planning on building our own chicken coop very soon. We've finally decided what our plan will be and are very excited to get started raising our own chickens.
    Here are my questions. Can our dog get sick or get worms if he happens to eat the chicken poop? Our coop will be mobile so that we can move it around our yard every so often for the chickens. So once we move Them there will be exposed poop. That's where my dog comes in. I've read different things and some say yes and some say no. Next question, worms. My mom told me that we will get worms from the chickens. I've read about lice, but that seems to not pass from the chicken to the human. I did read a little about the worms but I read it's rare to get them from your chickens. I will admit that hearing this brought my excitement down a few notches. I really look forward to giving our chickens a happy home and getting delicious eggs from them. But I certainly don't want to worry about my kids or dog getting sick Bc of them. Advice would be greatly appreciated from those of you who have experience with this.
    Thank you
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Most parasites are species specific so inter species transmission is generally unlikely. There is the possible problem of E coli or salmonella transmission, but common sense sanitation after handling chickens or cleaning coops eliminates that problem. Good luck in establishing your flock.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - great to have you join us. Its great that you are excited about your impending chicken adventure. I'm with Sourland on the transmission stuff and if you still remain concerned, use latex gloves (but really, its not necessary).

    All the best
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I agree with Sourland. It would also be prudent to remind youngsters that they should wash their hands well before and after contact with the chickens, poo, & poo eating dogs. [​IMG]etc. If the chickens were confined to coop and enclosed run - it would prevent the dog from cleaning up after them. You dog may be lacking certain minerals he finds in their poop. The vet may have suggestions of what to add to his diet to curb this bad habit
  6. My little coop

    My little coop New Egg

    Feb 9, 2016
    Thank you everyone for the help! The more I read the more I see that gloves, boots, and even a mask goes a long way in keeping us all healthy. We will definitely be doing that. We don't have our chickens just yet,(plan to build our coop this weekend) but when we do, I worry that our dog will eat the poop. So if he does, I was wondering if it will hurt him. I don't see how I can prevent that part. He's an inside dog but spends a lot of time outside as well.
  7. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Good advice and information from sourland and drumstick diva. If you have any other questions, always feel free to ask.
  8. rebrascora

    rebrascora Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 14, 2014
    Consett Co.Durham. UK
    Hi and welcome

    There are many, many chicken owners who also have dogs. If it was a problem, then I doubt that would be the case or there would be a lot of posts on here regarding people's dogs getting sick.
    That said there is always a risk in anything in life. People have probably died from choking on their breakfast and certainly crossing the road. It's about understanding the risks and minimising them.
    If you are concerned about the dog eating chicken poop, then perhaps making a static run might be a better option for you or making some sort of mesh cover for the area your chickens had been grazing when you move the mobile coop to a new area, until the poop has degraded, to prevent the dog accessing it. I don't think anyone can or will tell you categorically that it will be !00% safe for your dog to eat chicken poop, so you either decide to take the risk or do your best to prevent it happening.

    Good luck with your chicken keeping is great fun and shockingly addictive..... and that first egg is just amazingly exciting.... as is the second and the third....!!!!

    Best wishes

  9. My little coop

    My little coop New Egg

    Feb 9, 2016
    Thanks Barbara, what you said definitely makes sense. There are risks with everything. We may just forget the mobile coop all together and figure something else out in the yard to avoid the dog/poop issue all together. I sure do hope we succeed at it. I really want my children to enjoy the experience and appreciate the chickens and the eggs they will provide to our family. I'm nervous and excited all together! Thanks everyone for being so kind :)
  10. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.

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