Please help: Chicken poo question from newbie

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dancingchicken77, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. dancingchicken77

    dancingchicken77 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I have 2 baby chicks which I hatched and am now hand-rearing. I've grown kind of attached to them, and am hoping to convince my husband to keep our two chicks, rather than give them away to my uncle and aunt who live on a small farm. Here's my question:

    How much of an issue is the chicken poo of 2 chickens? Our yard's a good size. I can clean poo off the deck, although he won't like it if there's too much of it. But he is going to complain he still wants to be able to walk on the grass in his bare feet without getting chicken poo all over them.

    What's your view? I'd be so grateful for your advice/any info you can give me. Thank you [​IMG]

    (I'm x-posting this from chicken behaviour and egg laying. I hope that's OK. Sorry, I'm new to this and wasn't sure which forum to use.)
     
  2. crazyhen

    crazyhen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fix them a small home and nice run at the back of your yard or partially covered with your deck. Then no poo on deck,no poo in yard. Be sure to keep it good and clean so no odor. Love the little ones. Jean
     
  3. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    *I have 2 hens in a 15x19 run right outside the back door. It's a sand yard, and there's barely any droppings to clean up. One small concrete area and a few stepping stones, that I hose or sweep once a week. Ants seem to take care of the rest of the run just fine. If I had a couple more chickens, it might be a problem. Welcome to BYC!!
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2008
  4. chicksinthemachine

    chicksinthemachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The poo from 2 chickens will be very very minimal. Did you know chickens actually eat some of their poop to get back some of the bacteria they lose and need it back so they eat some of it. You may have to pick up some of the bigger poop when they get older but that will be a while. Peeps and hens are a lot of fun and responsibilty, you have to keep them safe from other animals when they go outside. When I first started I used a dog house and a baby gate! If your parents don't want to buy straw for the winter you could use an old blanket too. By the way [​IMG] Hope your Husband let you keep them they are great pets and eventually make your family breakfast!!LOL:D
     
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