Can mice spread parasites or diseases to chickens?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jejo624, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. jejo624

    jejo624 New Egg

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    We found mice in our chick starter feed. Probably been using it a while. I've already decided I'd better dump it, but I hope someone can tell me if indeed mice can spread intestinal or other parasites or diseases to chicks, particularly through their waste? (Please don't comment on mice infecting humans -- I already have a background in that, and my question here is just about chickens). Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Chicken diseases such as fowl cholera, salmonella, and I'm sure others are spread by mice and rats. I use old fashioned metal garbage cans to hold my feed in my coop, and put them up on 2/4's so the bottom doesn't rust.
    In additions to the above diseases, coryza, mycoplasma, E.coli, enteritis, lice, mites and fleas can all be brought in by mice and rats.
     
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  3. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    Yes mice and rats can spread diseases and mites, bugs ect. It is best to keep the food in a sealed container if possible.
     

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