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Dangers of poop

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:45 pm
by Bantams=Banter
As I found myself this afternoon in blistering heat, scraping hybrid (vaccinated) chicken business off my lawn with a windscreen ice scraper, I was wondering...

Just exactly How dangerous is chicken poop to children? (ages 8 & 6)??

Re: Dangers of poop

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:41 pm
by Marigold
Our children survived worse than that (helped pick up pony poo by the wheelbarrow-load from a very early age, as well as chicken poop.) I always found it comforting to read reports about how childrens immune systems are strengthened by frequent doses of various naturally-occurring bacteria. No need to worry, if you make them wash their hands before eating.
If you just water the chicken poo into the lawn it will do the grass no end of good. Not so good for your clothes if you happen to sit in it.

Re: Dangers of poop

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:24 pm
by Bantams=Banter
I resorted to hosing it into the grass when I realised there was more to life than removing chicken poo from individual blades of grass with a wet wipe.


No, seriously. 😯

Re: Dangers of poop

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:38 am
by LadyA
Bantams=Banter wrote:
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:24 pm
I resorted to hosing it into the grass when I realised there was more to life than removing chicken poo from individual blades of grass with a wet wipe.


No, seriously. 😯
You didn't!! Oh, I wish there were pictures!! :)

Re: Dangers of poop

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:31 pm
by Bantams=Banter
I'm afraid I did! 😁

But not today! Today I was brave!! Today I covered it in wood chips to keep the flies off, then when the girls returned to their run, I scooped it up with a dustpan and ice scraper and hosed the rest into the grass. I'm hoping the UV rays will kill off any remaining bacteria! 😁

Re: Dangers of poop

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:41 pm
by Marigold
What are you using on the floor of their run, B-B? If you put down a layer of Aubiose or similar, you can easily pick up the poo because the shredded hemp coats and quickly dehydrates the droppings. Have a dedicated poo bucket and a pair of gardening gloves, (no scraping involved) then when the bucket is full, add it to the compost heap, or simply spread it as a mulch round mature plants in the garden.
As for getting poo on the lawn, well, you don't HAVE to let them out on it.....

Re: Dangers of poop

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:01 pm
by bigyetiman
Poo on the lawn. Every chicken knows you go straight to the back door and leave a huge lump on the step or right in front of the door where your human will step straight into it. Once this is accomplished then you can think about other places like the lawn. Try and do some in the flower beds as this will fertilize the flowers that you will be eating later and they will be very healthy and tasty.
We pick ours and put in a bucket and then on compost heap

Re: Dangers of poop

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:45 am
by chrismahon
We found that uncomposted chicken poo in large quantities kills the grass as it is too strong when fresh. I use a 'foyer' dustpan and brush, which is basically a dustpan and brush on the end of poles- saves bending. You can get a similar thing for horse poo but obviously it's much bigger. Probably manage to scoop up 80% which stops the grass dying, based on a ranging area of 15m2 per bird.

Even composted for 12 months it is very strong and needs to be used sparingly. We planted some courgettes in some and they all yellowed and died. Better composted for 2 years turned once halfway through the period to aerate it.

Re: Dangers of poop

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:58 am
by Hen-Gen
My dog has the rather strange habit of roaming the paddock and eating it.
I understand from those that know about such things that coprophagy (poo eating) is perfectly natural for dogs in order to get additional vitamins.
Fortunately right from puppyhood I have discouraged my dog from licking my face.

Re: Dangers of poop

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:48 pm
by rick
I had the idea to try making chicken poop 'tea' this year for feeding the plants. Got together about half a 20 litre container of pickings and left it a couple of months then topped it up with water and left it another month. Poured off the 'tea' yesterday and it was a very smelly business! Definitely a now wash your hands situation!

For a long time now have been using a litter picker with rubber sucker cups attached to the jaws for ease of collection in the run.