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post #1 of 14 Old 12-23-2011, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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horse hay and chicken poop?

is it dangerous to my horses if our chickens poop on thier hay? My husband just brought 3 chickens home yesterday against my wishes ( I HATE chickens) and I found one of them laying on my horse hay this morning and it had pooped on it. Besides the fact that it's grouse can it hurt my horses and make them sick?
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-23-2011, 10:12 AM
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A small amount of chicken feces on hay will not harm your horse. It is pretty harmless and many farms have chickens running around. Chicken feces becomes pretty harmless when it dries out. I don't think 3 chickens will be a problem in your barn :)
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post #3 of 14 Old 12-23-2011, 08:33 PM
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I'd be more concern about Lice
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post #4 of 14 Old 12-23-2011, 09:04 PM
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Mature horses should not have a problem with chicken poop. We are very careful about foals and young horses (under 2 years) ever since losing one to Salmonella. We used to get big flocks of Canadian Geese around here in the winter. We always planted winter wheat pasture for our horses and the darn geese would come in and graze it. We had a really nice weanling -- probably 9-10 months old and he grazed out there with the geese. He got Salmonella poisoning, ended up with bloody scours and about $500.00 in Vet bills later he died. Vet said it was the 3rd young horse he treated that winter. All three died, and the Vet told us that ours would. But, we had to try to save him, but it sure did not work.

Birds also carry Coccidiosis, but it is not as deadly. They can recover form that if they are doctored right away. Again, it only bothers young ones. Foals are the most susceptible. All poultry can carry both, but I think ducks and geese are more often infected with the bacteria.
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post #5 of 14 Old 12-23-2011, 09:56 PM
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feed you horses textured feed. You wont have any manure to pick up.
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post #6 of 14 Old 12-24-2011, 12:17 AM
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Beau and Epona have been sharing the farm we board them at with 22 chickens for a year now....

Sure, the chickens are a hassle, but they were here first .... we just keep the water tanks free of chicken poop and we keep our hay stored under a tarp in the hay room ......but out on dry lot, there is little we can do to keep the chickens out of the hay we throw out there.....

So far, so good. No problems with chicken poop diseases....

Epona's noisy neighbors from Hades!!

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post #7 of 14 Old 12-24-2011, 12:21 AM
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feed you horses textured feed. You wont have any manure to pick up.
What is textured feed, and what are the differences/benefits between feeding regular feed and textured?
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post #8 of 14 Old 12-24-2011, 12:55 AM
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Having chickens around help lessen fly problems. They eat the larva before it turns into a fly. I've heard they also help keep ticks at bay.
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I've heard they also help keep ticks at bay.
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Hey, you may have heard right!!!! I was wondering why we only found ONE tick on Epona all spring and summer!!!! And NONE on us!!!

Thanks, you've given me a reason to LIKE those noisy pooping machines!!!
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post #10 of 14 Old 12-24-2011, 08:33 AM
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Another benefit of having chickens, FRESH eggs. Store bought eggs don't come close to their taste.
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