Septic Sprinkler

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by foghorn86, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. foghorn86

    foghorn86 Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens are fenced in the backyard. My problem is I have an arobic septic system and the sprinklers come on to drain the tanks. The yard is big enough for them to get away from the sprinkler when it turns on, but will they avoid the septic water or will they think it is just raining and go on about their business. Also, will it hurt them if they eat the grass that has been sprinkled with the septic water? Even worse, when the ground is saturated already, the septic water sometimes puddles. Will this be harmful?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    I would worry about e coli.
     
  3. aafairchild

    aafairchild Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same type of system. Never had a problem. If your system is working correctly it is basically rain. If your aerorator quits then you have a problem. Keep the correct amount of chlorine in the system and enjoy your fluffy landscapers.

    Alice
     
  4. foghorn86

    foghorn86 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for your thoughts. I keep chlorine tablets in the pipe like I was instructed. My girls don't show any sign of being sick, but I am concerned that the eggs will make us sick. It seems like animals always have a stronger stomach than humans.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Chlorine?...Aerator??

    Never heard of this type system.
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

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    I guess you can always take an egg to the county health department to check for e-coli, salmonella, whatever.
     
  7. foghorn86

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    aart: Google "aerobic treatment system" Pretty much all new homes who don't have city sewage are required to have this system in Dallas/ South Dallas (TX) counties because of our "black clay" soil.
     
  8. foghorn86

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    ChickenCanoe: I ate several this morning. I'll let you know if I get sick! [​IMG]
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

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    Good. They're probably OK. The reason I had thought about it was because I had a septic field leak for a while that made a small wet spot. I put a fence around it so they couldn't forage there.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Thanks....will google...... figured it must have to do with soil with bad percolate rates.
     

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