Can Chickens get rabies?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by beaconite chicks, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. beaconite chicks

    beaconite chicks Taking a time out

    Jun 6, 2008
    We had a chicken that was bit by a raccoon. Can it get rabies from the raccoon?
  2. I have no idea, but that is something I'd ask a vet for sure.
  3. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    Birds cannot contract rabies, so no worries!
  4. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
  5. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    No, it affects only mammals. I'd search on here for how to treat the wounds though. And how to keep other chickens from pecking at the one who was attacked. Hope your chicken is okay!
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2008
  6. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    No it can not get Rabies, how ever it can get a nasty infection, Also consider that the saliva carries rabies so don't be holding/cleaning and tending the bird unprotected. Ware gloves, just to be on the safe side.

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