Can Chickens get Rabies????

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenlady81, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. chickenlady81

    chickenlady81 Songster

    Jun 10, 2008
    Weare, NH
    OK I had this Skunk in my yard today and it was running around the yard during the day. I tried to scare it and it didnt run away and went up to my sunroom door and looked at me threw the glass. I didnt have anything to kill it and it went in my chicken coop and got to my chickens. I know it sprayed in there because I could smell it from my house. I was helpless! Anyway now I need to know if Chickens can get rabies from there spray? Is this some sort of horror movie or what? I dont want Rabid Chickens running around my yard!!! none of them seem to be hurt at this time.
  2. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    nope, just mammals....

    from the NCDA & CS

    Rabies Rabies is a viral disease that affects the nervous system of mammals. In the last stages of the disease, the virus moves from the brain into the salivary glands and saliva. From there the virus can be transmitted through a bite or by contact with mucous membranes (nose, mouth, and eyes). The incubation period for the disease is variable: between 2 weeks and 6 months. Rabies is almost always fatal once symptoms occur. Changes in behavior are common in rabid animals: nocturnal animals are seen during the day, animals are not afraid from humans, become aggressive, attack other animals or people without provocation, may have paralysis of the limbs or throat, or just lay down. Any mammal can get rabies, including humans, dogs, cats, cows, and horses.
  3. chickenlady81

    chickenlady81 Songster

    Jun 10, 2008
    Weare, NH
    Whew!!!! I was so worried.... Now where is this Rabid skunk now! Im going to call animal control tomorrow.
  4. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Alamance, NC
    prime example of why you need to have a gun around.

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