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I think ANY dust can be dangerous to breathe.  Not good for the lungs.  I wear a respirator - not a dust mask but the good kind that has been fitted to my face - whenever I clean the coop or add DE.  But in a well ventilated area for short periods of time I don't worry about the dust.  Generally speaking if I can see dust in the air, sense the dust in my nose or feel any irritation in the eyes or nose I use the mask.

I think if chickens are sick or in a very dirty coop (ammonia smell) there could be other hazards to your health but that isn't (shouldn't be) typical.  I did read on BYC about a woman who claimed to get sick from cleaning the chicken coop and inhaling something (bacteria I think) but I don't know what it was or if the claim is true, I know she said she was treated and was fine and now wears a mask.

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Originally Posted by cobrien 

I think ANY dust can be dangerous to breathe.  Not good for the lungs.  I wear a respirator - not a dust mask but the good kind that has been fitted to my face - whenever I clean the coop or add DE.  But in a well ventilated area for short periods of time I don't worry about the dust.  Generally speaking if I can see dust in the air, sense the dust in my nose or feel any irritation in the eyes or nose I use the mask.

I think if chickens are sick or in a very dirty coop (ammonia smell) there could be other hazards to your health but that isn't (shouldn't be) typical.  I did read on BYC about a woman who claimed to get sick from cleaning the chicken coop and inhaling something (bacteria I think) but I don't know what it was or if the claim is true, I know she said she was treated and was fine and now wears a mask.


Perhaps what she was referring to is the condition called Presumed Ocular Histoplasmosis?  I was told many years ago of this, by a friend whose father was a doctor; she said he had seen many cases of it throughout his years of practise and always told her to be aware of 'chicken dust'.


Edited by grandmaof5 - 5/9/11 at 4:44pm
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