I was recently asked if hen eggs are safe to eat if the hen drinks water that the pet ducks have got their droppings in.
Hi, I have 2 ducks and 1 chicken. The ducks are extremely messy & poop every where. My hen lays eggs & we have been taking them from her but are afraid that they are unsafe to eat because the ducks poo in the water in the food & everywhere else possible. We try to keep the water & food clean but probably would have to reclean every 20 mins or so. My question is, are the eggs safe to eat if my hen is drinking water with duck poo in it? It may sound weird & I appologize but we are concerned. Thanks again. Kristen
Thanks for your question. Do you have the drinkers and feeders raised up slightly as this will help to keep them cleaner. What type of drinkers/feeders do you have as those that are not fully open will stop poop getting in.
I am not certain of the answer to your question as I am not a vet but if the eggs are
cooked thoroughly then I would have thought that bacteria would be killed. You may not want to use them for soft boiled as the yolks aren’t thoroughly cooked and if you fry them you may want to turn them over so that the yolk is thoroughly cooked.
I like you have hens and ducks and my drinkers sometimes get droppings in them even though they are raised up and cleaned out regularly and I eat the hen and duck eggs.
I will add your question to my farmingfriends forum and see what other members have to say. http://farmingfriends.com/forums/topic.php?id=256 You could always contact the egg marketing board to ask their advice.
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Hope that helps.
Sara @ farmingfriends
What would your advice be?