Pooping in food question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by joletabey, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    I am all for sanitizing. I am all for NOT wasting food. When these little stinkers poop in their food, can you just spoon out the poops and the food immediately around them, or should you dump the whole thing? I have the long skinny metal feeders with the sliding top cover, and can scrub the tops, but am not sure how far their little poops can contaminate the food.

  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Well I'm sure you'll have someone tell you otherwise, but I look at it like the 5 second rule on candy...lol...if my son can live with a germ or three, then so can your chickens [​IMG] IMO, scoop away the offending sample and leave the rest. That could get expensive.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I just remove the poop. [​IMG] Haven't had any problems yet.
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I do the same.

    I have come to favor the reel top feeders such as what Brower makes:


    It doesn't completely eliminate manure in feed, but it sure cuts way down on it and less washing as well.

  5. Kerjack

    Kerjack Songster

    Nov 5, 2009
    Ontario, Canada
    I just scoop away the poop and leave the rest.

    They don't seem to mind.
  6. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Songster

    Sep 11, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    When you watch them poop on the ground and then scratch in it and eat around it the dried pieces in their feed tray dosn't seem so bad. I just pick it out and go on.

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