Are chickens bad for your health?

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by blakeee, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. blakeee

    blakeee Songster

    Dec 31, 2016
    One of my family members' partners believes that chickens are bad for your health. Her boyfriend is worried that the chickens are going to pass on some disease to her. I just don't believe it at all. Especially since she doesn't even go near the chickens. It's just crazy bizzare to me. Thought this would be a good conversation to have and to hear peoples views!
  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    The very young and very old, and those with a suppressed immune system need to follow strict hand-washing protocol when handling chickens or any animal. Those who raise chickens or any bird need to be wary of fungal infections of the lungs-what old timers called 'Bird-Keeper's Lung'. However if you raise your birds in clean condition the risk is reduced.
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    He probably saw something on the internet somewhere, saying something "could" be passed from chickens to humans. With all the backyard, farm, and commercial chicken keepers in the country (and around the world), I would think that if it were a huge threat, we'd have heard about it by now. Sure, a person "could" get salmonella from undercooked or raw eggs, but in my opinion that's more likely to happen in a commercial facility than in a backyard flock.
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If folks intend eating a bloody, raw chicken I would imagine they would get bad bacteria- but I don't know anyone who would.
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  5. CCUK

    CCUK Free Flying

    Jan 21, 2018
    North Notts, UK
    My Coop
    Here is a useful link. Most problems people seem to have is by not carrying out biosecurity and proper cleanliness. I do not know of anybody that has had any illness associated with chickens.

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