My mom (Evelyn) and I live on 20+ acres in Stevens County and one of our gilts
had 12 piglets, we let them run around and free range
it is pretty safe here, we also have goats and chickens/guineas.
The chickens and guineas were here a year before they also
completely free range. The chickens and guineas have taken to
roosting at night on the top of a pallet fence and I did notice they
were piling up a large amount of poo. I noticed before that the piglets
were eating up a lot of the chicken/guinea poo around so I decided to
get into the gated area where the pile of poo and clean it before they got into it.
I got my poo shovel and opened the gate before I could get in there company came by and I chatted
with them for about an hour. Welp I forgot to close the gate and when I went back
to clean up the poo I found the pigs ate it all. . I mean that HOVERED it clean!
Can the piglets get sick or a disease from eating the chicken poo?
Someone at the extension office once told me that you should not house chickens in your pigpen cause
they can give the pigs Coccidiosis. Is there anything I need to worry about them eating all that poop?
That was like two months ago. Its about time to butcher one and I am reluctant to eat it lol.
Thanks for any help on this
I wouldn't make it a regular part of their diet, but I doubt it will hurt them. As far as coccidiosis goes, that's very species specific - raising pigs and chickens together will actually cut down on the parasite in both species to some extent. One of the best ways to cut down on parasite load is to run different species over the same patch of grass so the species specific stuff dies in the wrong host.
My chickens are in and out of the pigs area pretty often when I have pigs near them - we've never had any trouble.
Given what they are eating though, If it's been a large percentage of their diet, I'd be very tempted to seperate them from the chickens for 3-4 weeks and feed them something a little more conventional.
Pigs can pig up flavors from what they eat - I don't know if that would happen with chicken poop, but I wouldn't want to risk it.
I don't know about pigs, but I've raised chickens for many years and would like to say one thing. Coccidiosis will probably kill the chickens before it get's transferred to another animal. The parasite that causes cocci has ravaged many chicken owner's flocks over the years, and you would definitely know if you had it. So no, your pigs will not get it that easily.
Plus, chicken droppings seems to be the most sought-after poop in the animal world. Even my dog tries to eat it when my back is turned. *sigh*
Chicken digestion is pretty short! The pigs will process it a little more no problem! You could even send the pig poo to fish and the fish poo to shrimp... Anything that converts poo to delicious meat is pretty impressive to me!