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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr. 22, 2006

    Default Mouse droppings in hay

    I just bought a few bales of nice second cut hay yesterday. When I unloaded, there were a lot of mouse droppings with the chaff in the truck. I've opened 3 bales and there doesn't seem to be any inside the hay. It's really nice hay, but I'm a bit grossed out. I've had horses all my life and I've never seen something like this. What to do? Is shaking it all out carefully before feeding enough?
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug. 21, 2004


    ewww... I'd get rid of it, and if you have any influenza type symptoms soon, get to the emergency room.

    Google 'hantavirus'.

    Several people here have died from it. One was a nurse who died 24 hours after burning wood in the stove that had mouse urine and droppings on it.
    Are you feeding your horse like a cow?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov. 9, 2011


    Id shake it out and feed it.

    Id watch out for flu like symptoms but I think you will be ok

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep. 2, 2005
    Upstate NY


    Is there a barn with out mouse droppings in it?

    I think that is a far better question.

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