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post #1 of 12 Old 09-21-2010, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation hay question-poop

So I cleaned out stalls for this lady who is arthritic and earned 33 bales of hay. Some of it looks a bit sun burned but the inside is green. She has a lot of hay so there were some cobwebs but I picked those off but what I didn't notice was some feces on some of them..I had gloves on and picked that off too(sorry,sounds gross)...my question is what is it's opossome poop(sorry I don't know how to spell that off the top of my head). Is it still okay to feed if I picked it off? I don't know what kind it was..maybe even some other rodent.
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-21-2010, 05:05 PM
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Any hay that's been soiled by rodent or oppossum feces needs to be discarded.

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post #3 of 12 Old 09-21-2010, 06:12 PM
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We have the same issue and are limited on our hay. We found some poo too and tossed the whole bale. I think whether its possum or coon poo, it can carry the EPM. I could be wrong but we won't chance our horses getting sick.
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post #4 of 12 Old 09-21-2010, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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okay,so here is the problem...I picked it off so I don't know which bale is which O.O
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post #5 of 12 Old 09-21-2010, 08:19 PM
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Your fired! Kidding! Just becareful with what you use. That's all. Look up EPM and see what it says. I think your ok throwing the hay but next time becareful. Not much you can do now. :)
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post #6 of 12 Old 09-22-2010, 12:03 AM
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I agree...I'd be careful. Toss the rest of the poo-ey hay and stick to using the clean hay. Maybe let the lady know that rodents are in her hay storage?
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post #7 of 12 Old 09-22-2010, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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alright. I am going to call my vet and ask if EPM is common here in Oregon. I will also call the lady. I just don't want my horse getting really ill.
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post #8 of 12 Old 09-22-2010, 12:37 AM
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Very good idea!

Yes, I am from one of those "fun barns".
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post #10 of 12 Old 09-22-2010, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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no it looked like raccoon poop. I know it had berry seeds in it.
I looked up pictures of oppossum poop and there's look way different.
This stuff was really dark in color(although it was dried out it will be darker but you know..i think).
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