Are chicken illnesses dangerous to humans?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MarshallChicks, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. MarshallChicks

    MarshallChicks New Egg

    Feb 24, 2009
    We have a sick hen and my kids do not want to stop holding her. (She has always been very friendly with them and does not mind being held.) I'm just wondering if their sicknesses can be transmitted to humans or make them sick.
  2. chantecler

    chantecler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2008
    Moncton New Brunswick
    Sorry to hear about your sick chicken.

    It depends on what she has.
    What are her symptoms?
    Are you treating her?

    Would need more details

  3. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2008
    Lynn Haven, FL
    While your birds are probably not infected with Avian Flu (H5N1 virus) that has been in the news, there are some flu strains that can be passed to humans via contact with infected birds saliva, droppings, or nasal discharges. I would discourage your kids putting their fingers in any fluids from your birds (or kissing them!) and wash their hands after holding them.
  4. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    There are a few diseases, yes, though they are usually rare for backyard chicken keepers. Avian Influenza, erypsplas (spelling?), and chlamidiosis to name a few.

    On another note, holding the bird in her condition, regardless of how tame she is, is only stressing her out and weakening her immunity. She needs to be isolated in a warm room and left alone to recover. You can play soft music in the room to stimulate her if you're worried about her being lonely.

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