Unhealthy chicken poop in the yard

Semper Fi

8 Years
Sep 3, 2011
i have had my 5 dominques for about 19 weeks now and they just started laying their practice eggs
. Well i have been letting them out of the coop and letting them free range as much as they can, saves on feed and they get great exercise . I have about 3 acres of land with only 1 neighbor that is 50 yards away and i have woods all around me. My chickens like to spend most of their time in the woods scratching the leaves looking bugs but now they have been interested in the lawn and areas where there are tall grasses. Well my dad is getting angry at me because he is saying there is chicken poop everywhere (there reall isnt that much) but he is saying it will stay there forever and is gonna be unhealthy and start to smell. Anywhose longstory short, should i still let my chickens roam or limit them to a certain amount of time out free ranging or will it get decomposed into the lawn or the rain will wash it in and will be gone for good. by the way i have an outside run for them that is 20 feet by 7 feet but is all mostly dirt. Thank you.
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8 Years
May 14, 2011
I for one do think it will break down quickly. I do not see poo under my wild bird feeder and TONS of birds eat there everyday.
It may be to rich for the grass if there is a lot of it in any one spot though. I vote for keeping the peace and locking them up for a bit.


Love My Chickens
Premium Feather Member
13 Years
Jul 28, 2009
Floyds Knobs, Indiana
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It does break down pretty quickly, especially when you have a large area, as you've described. And especially with only five birds. Your dad may be getting upset if he's finding poop on the sidewalk, porch, deck, etc., so be sure to hose those areas ASAP. Maybe only freerange when you're available to monitor, and shoo them away from main areas to appease your dad. But the poo in my yard (we have a few acres fenced, but they have certain areas they prefer) seems to disappear really quickly.


8 Years
Mar 27, 2011
My dog takes care of any poop the chickens may leave, I see it as a win / win situation, the chickens are happy, the dog is happy and I am happy.


9 Years
Aug 31, 2010
Tip of Rockingham County, NH
Chicken poop is one of the best fertilizers for a lawn. It dries up quickly and if there is rain shortly after the droppings are left they go away, melt right into the earth

No smell, healthy, organic fertilizer. On that note, if your dad does use chemicals on the lawn do not let your girls out for at least a week I would think. Those little pellets or granules are very tempting to them

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