Can Chickens give you tuberculosis?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 4x4Runner, Aug 21, 2016.

  1. 4x4Runner

    4x4Runner Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a friend who told me I need to wear a mask when I'm cleaning the coop. She said her mother in-law got tuberculosis from having chickens and can't have them anymore... Is that true? I tried googling it and it says chickens can get tuberculosis but nothing really on chickens giving it to humans. We only have 5 chickens and they free range a lot and it doesn't get that dirty... Has anyone heard of this?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    There are lung disorders that can be caused by exposure to the dander, dust, feces of birds of all sorts. Psittacosis is a lung infection that can be caused by a bacterium sometimes contained in bird feces. Pigeon lung is a hypersensitivity allergic reaction to pigeon dander. I am not certain whether or not TB from birds is a realistic here in the US, but other lung conditions are a possibility.
     
  3. 4x4Runner

    4x4Runner Out Of The Brooder

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    Would it have to be large amounts of birds or should I worry about 5 birds? I rake out the coop and run every few weeks. Ek!
     

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