Weird Question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by rosyposyosy, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    When free ranging do your chickens eat dog poo? MINE DOO(doo)!

    It's really disquisting IMO. It's like a viscious cycle. My dog eats their poo, they eat his. I would clean it up, (I usually do) but it rained and rained so each dog poo is a puddle the size of a pancake. Anywho. My banty cochin, Fajita, will step in it. This drives me nuts. She has feathered feet, gross. To be honest, around september, when both my EE and my banty cochin were laying, only my EE would eat poo, and... wait for it... her eggs tasted better, they had a oranger yolk, the egg stayed compact, and the shells were harder.

    So, here's the poll, do your chickens eat poo?
  2. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    Mine don't. It sits in front of their door and they walk right past. I don't think they'd even want to eat the scratch or treats around it (though usually its presence indicates the removal of all edibles from the area).
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    That's really gross, it's grosser than eating the giant cockroaches in Florida, LOL. I don't think it would make my eggs seem appetizing, it's bad enough to get past the bugs!
  4. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    Mine don't...but the dogs think the chicken poo is delish.
  5. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    I prefer the "what I don't know won't hurt me" approach. I know the cats and dogs poo out in the yard and the woods, but I hope to never find out that the chickens are eating it.
  6. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    Quote:Mine probably aren't as big as yours but I know the chickens gobble them up like they're candy! Plus, I saw a lot less of them this year, since I increased my flock size.

    I used to live in Texas City (near Houston/Galveston), I know how "water bugs" can be overwhelming.
  7. NicoleRM

    NicoleRM Songster

    Dec 2, 2007
    Williston, FL
    Wow, that's gross!

    I hope my birds don't do this once they're big enough to free range a bit in the yard. I have a great dane, so it would be like a buffet! :eek:
  8. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Quote:Don't you just love those palmetto bugs!
  9. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    Yep mine do it too and I think its the unused protein in the dog poo that they like, my dogs like chickens poo too and they keep everything clean in the yard...this way I dont have to worry about stepping in it anymore as it stays cleaned up...I have Great Py?Anatolian cross and when they poo they do it...LOL...and since my flock has grown no ticks either in the yard area but if you go past where they range you are free game for the problem right now with the snow, but during the summer it is
  10. skeeter

    skeeter Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Parma Idaho
    if a little dog poo bothers you its a good thing you dont have cattle,ive seen chickens so happy eating that they are flinging it everywhere,funny and kinda gross at the same time

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