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Chickens in the yard and risk of disease

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Okay so I have recently been researching chickens diseases and everything else before I purchase my little chicks so I live in the city and have a pretty big back yard that is split into 2 parts and 1 part I want to use for chickens and bunnies but I have been reading this histoplasmosis or however its spelled. My question is .... even if I clean the coop etc.. I want to let my chickens roam free during the day time in the 1 part of my yard. I have been reading it is chicken poo is good for your yard? But at the same time I was wondering if I would be at risk of catching that histoplasmosis doing things like raking mowing etc.. and how would I prevent it? I really want chickens but i'm not going to lie im quite afraid of catching something from them. Please let me know if anyone just lets there chickens run around and if they have heard or know of anyone catching an illness from letting them do so.

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You might want to read some articles on histoplasmosis by Googling it. Histo is not found in bird droppings, but the fungus can grow in soil that is rich in bird and chicken droppings, or in old coops. Wearing a mask with you clean out your coop is probably a good idea for many reasons. Having chickens ranging in your yard would be good for you and them by getting them outside, and not having to clean out too many droppings. Histo is more of a danger in people who are immune-compromised, such as those taking chemo or those with HIV.
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You might want to read some articles on histoplasmosis by Googling it. Histo is not found in bird droppings, but the fungus can grow in soil that is rich in bird and chicken droppings, or in old coops. Wearing a mask with you clean out your coop is probably a good idea for many reasons. Having chickens ranging in your yard would be good for you and them by getting them outside, and not having to clean out too many droppings. Histo is more of a danger in people who are immune-compromised, such as those taking chemo or those with HIV.
thank you I was just worried about how common. It was but I live in a very dry climate so I'm excited to start thanks again
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