I've read that they have them in Texas, and Charles Walters wrote a book (Dung Beetles & A Cowman's Profits - 2007) about them but I haven't read it yet (probably won't until winter).
Did you run across any info on how cold-hardy they are? Does the PNW have any? Would they live if they were imported? Would my chickens eat all of them? Do they handle chickenpoop or just herbivore poop?
gosh I wish I knew sue! most references I have seen just point to their use for cattle and horse operations. I know I have seen where you can order them but now I can't find it. I don't know how cold hardy they are but I have also seen references to them being used in canada....but they may be reintroduced yearly. I would bet that chickens would eat them. I have found references to burrowing owls using poo to bait them.
"the qualities of these bacteria, like the heat of the sun, electricity, or the qualities of metals, are part of the storehouse of knowledge of all men. They are manifestations of the laws of nature, free to all men and reserved exclusively to none." SCOTUS, Funk Bros. Seed Co. v. Kale Inoculant Co.
there has definitly been an explosion in the dung beetle population here! whether or not it is due to timing or the increased availability of their favorite food (probably a bit of both) they are really helping to get the goat and pony poo broke down quickly now!
I believe dung beetles were held in reverence by many ancient cultures and I can see why!