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Someone asked recently if I had a problem with cow patties, and if so, what did I do about it. No, I have no problem with cow patties. I have CHICKENS.

Chickens love poop!

If you were not one who wanted to know how the cow patty problem is controlled, please forgive me, I know not how I disgust.

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on January 30, 2011  

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  1. 1-30

    hahaha. Not only do you have chickens, you have DOGS too!
    At least our dog loved to get into the cow pies.

    I think most people here have a strong stomach. If not, this blog will strengthen the weak – outta pure self-defense because farming is not for the faint of heart nor weak of stomach.

  2. 1-30

    Suzanne, does this mean if I let my chickens out to free range they will clean up the dogie do in the yard? :chicken: just think of it as fertilizer everywhere! on a more serious note, Granny Miller wrote a post on all the manure on the farm and how its great for the garden! even cats and dogs, but I am not so sure about the last two, don’t think I want that in my garden ! :ladybug:

  3. 1-30

    Chickens will eat most of the left over grain in the poop….
    But, after a while it will still pile up….unless you have a large pasture so it spreads around and dries up somewhat…then the flies and maggots and tumble bugs digest the rest…and the earth worms from underneath….

  4. 1-30

    Just all part of farm life! Everybody’s happy!


  5. 1-30

    I never knew chickens will eat cow poop. Learn something new every day. Cow pop will make good fertlizer for your garden as well. I bet if you get too much and put the word out you will have a few people willing to take it off your hands for their gardens too.

  6. 1-30

    The chickens get a tutrient out of the grains and find worms in the poop so a writer said in an article I read recently. My 60 hens pass over dog poop and will not touch it. I don’t use it in my garden either. Faint of heart, not on this blog! Not if you are a farmer like so many of us. Not if you can post birthing photos, which I must say is a wonderful way to teach your children and grandchildren about the facts of life. That is how I learned in the hills of Virginia. Saw our cat giving birth. The cows always went up the mountain to Grandma’s favorite place under the Dogwood tree, so noone got to watch.

  7. 1-30

    My dogs love goat poo…ewwwww….

  8. 1-30

    “You are what eat” takes on a new meaning!!

  9. 1-30

    Recycling at its best. For better eggs to make, my dear.

  10. 1-30

    I don’t have chickens, but am always happy when the flocks of birds help spread out the horse poo a bit too. And unfortunately my dogs help with that a bit also – vet said it has lots of Vitamin B in it, so c’est la vie… :)

  11. 1-30

    There is an old saying here in the WV hills. “picking sh** with the chickens”. It means when you’re down on your luck.

  12. 1-30

    See, I didn’t know the chickens ate the poop. Less clean up. I learned something new today. :eating: :eating: :eating: :eating:

  13. 1-30

    :lol: Chickens will eat anything!!! I’m about to throw out leftover pancakes to ours, but they also love little geckos and large tree roaches. :lol: Love your blogs and updates.

  14. 1-30

    Chickens are for sure not picky eaters. But I am wondering, as I don’t remember if you ever stated the fact, but do you eat your own chickens? I know you raised some pigs for the freezer, but I am curious if you butcher and eat your chickens, I know some people can’t eat their own. I do but I wish I didn’t have to because of the lack of space.

  15. 1-30

    Hmmmm….Chickens in the Poop (not the road). :)

  16. 1-30

    EWWWWWWWWWWWWW – but I kiss my cat and he licks his butt so I guess eggs aren’t that hard for me to eat by knowing this. (p.s. not on the lips mind you)hmmm do cats have lips?

  17. 1-30

    marymac, we have never (at least not yet) butchered any of our chickens.

  18. 1-30

    My Dad was raised on a farm in WV and now I now why he refuses to eat chicken. LOL

  19. 1-30

    Suzanne–many farm folks do eat their older chickens, etc. with respect. Others can’t bear to eat what they’ve come to regard as friends and trade them to others that don’t “know” the hens/roosers/goats–trading for old barn siding, old farm equipment, extra help with a chore or project, etc. You’ll have to face this sooner or later since supporting non-productive animals on a farm can get very expensive winter after winter when you have to buy feed. That’s why farms often culled their animals in the fall. You have a while to think about this but you have to decide sooner or later.

  20. 1-30

    Hey some when cured can be used to heat a home at least that’s what they did in Scotland.

  21. 1-30

    Oh my ewww!! I didn’t know chickens like poo. Blech! We have a few non-productive hens that need to be butchered soon. Wish we would have done it in the fall. Not a fun idea to do since our son (age 13) is their caretaker and most of them have names. We have a few that are special and will be with us until the end. Not fun, but it does feel very rewarding to know you’re eating something you raised yourself.

  22. 1-30

    Ugggg…don’t think I wanted to know chickens like poop…I’m going to be a vegetarian before I know it.

    Oh chicken, I couldn’t stay mad at you. Let’s never fight again…yum! ;-)

  23. 2-1

    I learned something new this morning :happyflower:

  24. 2-1

    Chickens luv most anything….

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