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About 3 years ago I had some chickens. Over the course of 2- 2 1/2 years all the chickens died for some reason. I would like to get chickens again. I have had a dog in the pen for the last 6 months or so. Is it safe to put chickens back into the pen, without the dog of course? What kind of cleaning should I do? It is all dirt on the ground. Thanks for any feedback.
By Teresa P. Jernigan from Franklin, VA
I use everything I know about sanitation to raise my nine various pets, including the two chicken pullets. If you use Clorox, I'd wait a week and rinse everything down with plenty of water still again, because chlorine leaves a residue sometimes, is poison and could possibly kill the chicks. I'd focus more on their nesting areas, and food/water bowls, cleaning with dish soap, rinsing well/ changing the bedding often. If they weren't ill when you got them, they could have gotten something from a sick bird that dropped feces as it flew over the chickens area.
Try to cover the area if possible, as I am about to plan to do as well and for the very same reason. Flies also spread diseases, as well as roaches, so even though chickens eat most everything in sight, they depend upon us to help them. Remember that regular foods have too much pesticide in them nowadays, so try to buy organic veggies even for yourself, but especially for them, because what might not affect you could kill them, right?
I thought of something else: If the ground or area where they are has ever been sprayed with pesticide, it takes YEARS to clear it, so move the coup area if possible, if there is any chance this is the case, otherwise it could be silent killer.
Whatever you do, don't let anyone spread fertilizer pellets on or near the ground where they are, because it's also poison to them and looks edible. Watch for "wind drift" from sprays on a garden is the wind is blowing when you or someone does that.
Remember that even a bug from a neighboring home could have eaten pesticides and will attract the chickens' attention. There's quite a bit that it could be, but if you get a good routine, watch these alerts cautiously, you should have good success.
Don't spray any bug spray, or use mosquito repellent and then handle them. It's all deadly to sm. animals. I'm trying to get away from feed store purchases and try for organic eggs by feeding them only organic scraps, grains, sand, crushed egg shells, greens, chopped table scraps, worms as I find them, etc. If something doesn't specifically say it's organic, it isn't. also I have found that some things from another country lie about it being organic, because I can taste it inside of the food. Then, sometimes the seller or market will use pesticides in their store and get some on the packaging or food item. So, we really have to stay alert and protective to keep them alive. Check them daily very well. Observe and learn to listen to their sounds.
God bless and good luck. : )
I have had chickens since 1988, I will lose 1 here and there but I have never lost all,
I want to know if it is safe to put chickens in a pen where a dog has been.
I don't know if it safe or not, but I would remove all the dog poop. Clean it as much as possible. When I was growing up most farm the chickens were free range. They went where the dogs, cows, and all other animal went, and were fine. We have chickens and we built the pens where the cows and goats had been.