Can ducks transmit Coccidia/ Giardia to puppies?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by RensaiFarm, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. RensaiFarm

    RensaiFarm Hatching

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    So I am new to duck ownership. I have 6 ducks (4 Khaki Campbell & 2 Muscovy) who are seemingly healthy and happy. I let them free range in my yard during the day and at night put them in a covered pen. I am a hobby breeder of dogs and on occasion have a litter. I have never had an issue with Coccidia or Giardia in my puppies before but I don't want to start now. How likely are my ducks to be carrying these bacteria? When my puppies are old enough I let them venture outside in an X Pen (It would be set up in the yard which the ducks roam). Should I spray the area with a disinfectant before allowing the pups in that area? Are ducks that don't come in contact with any other animals not likely to carry this? I had a friend lose a litter of pups to Coccidia so I want to be proactive about this. I know Coccidia can be hard to get rid of out of a yard so I'd like to prevent it if it's a threat from the ducks.
     
  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck

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    I believe the cocci protozoa that affect poultry are different from the ones that affect mammals... thus not cross-species transferable...
     
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  3. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Hello, when my Dog Lucy was a puppy I asked my Vet and they said to not let her eat the Bird poop or run around in it...I never heard of Bird specific coccidiosis or giardia..:confused:..Years ago a Dalmation pup It had got giardia it was very sick....
     
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  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    You are correct, chickens get chicken coccidia, ducks get duck coccidia, peafowl get peafowl coccidia, dogs get canine coccidia.

    Giardia, not sure about that one, but I think that all species can get giardia, including humans, which is one of the reasons they say people shouldn't drink water from creeks, rivers, ponds, etc.
     
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  5. TLWR

    TLWR Songster

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    They certainly can get coccidia from chicken/duck poop.
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Coccidia are species specific. Dogs *cannot* get get coccidia from poultry or waterfowl.

    "While coccidia can infect a wide variety of animals, including humans, birds, and livestock, they are usually species-specific. One well-known exception is toxoplasmosis caused by Toxoplasma gondii.[1][2]

    Humans may first encounter coccidia when they acquire a young puppy or kitten that is infected. Other than T. gondii, the infectious organisms are canine and feline-specific and are not contagious to humans, unlike the zoonotic diseases."
     
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  7. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck

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    Thanks, Kathy... that is what I thought... :)

    Giardia *could be* in water sources, but if duck water is cleaned out regularly, I don't see that being an issue...
     
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