Coyote attack! Chickens and rabies??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chantald, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. What a day..

    This afternoon, in broad daylight.. my chickens explode out of the woods as I am standing in the yard.. I look in to see a large, fast, grey/black, dog like creature bearing down on one of the BRs.. I grab the puppy and head inside fast.. thinking if he shoots out of the woods after the fleeing chickens, I don't want to be there!

    I head back outside with boots on and armed with a baseball bat.. not smart.. but I was upset.. I rounded up 7 of the hend and corraled them.. No sign of the rooster or 3 hens.. including DS's favorite..

    All is silent.. I assume the rooster and the hens are gone..

    An hour later the remaining BR hen appears near the coop. I pick her up.. she is scared but seems unharmed.. feathers are wet.. but an insepction shows no blood.. thinking she fled into the swamp..

    Two hours later the rooster shows up.. amazing..

    We are still down two hens.. one my DS's favorite [​IMG]

    Question: Can chickens get rabies??
    I didn't even think of that until later.. and I touched the hen that was wet.. if it was slober from the animal and not swamp water.. am I at risk.. ? I have no open cuts etc..

    I am sad.. and now freaking out about rabies..
  2. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    If you have no open cut you should be O K. Chickens can not get rabies only mammals can get rabies. At lest that is what I was told by a California Fish and Game biologist. Yet a bat can have rabies, are they a bird or a mammal?
  3. LittleChickenRacingTeam

    LittleChickenRacingTeam On vacation

    Jan 11, 2007
    Ontario, CANADA
    No, rabies is a disease that only affects mammals.
  4. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Songster

    Jan 26, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Only mammals can get rabies.
  5. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    i dont think you have much to worry about IF you have no open cuts or sores
  6. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

    Aug 27, 2007
    at the zoo usually
    only mammals can get rabies, and bats are mammals
  7. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    Bats are definately mammals. Only mammals can get rabies, and only certain mammals are prone to it at that. For instance, for all the nasties that rats carry, they aren't known to be a threat for contracting rabies. I'm pretty sure that you aren't at risk from your wet hen. Most viruses die when they contact air, so my understanding is that you really need to be bit to catch rabies.

    I'm glad you didn't lose all of your chickens, and I'm hoping your missing ones show up.
  8. Thanks
    I'm still a bit worried about the rabies.. I keep looking over my hands.. I did wash up after I got her settled in the coop.. The two missing hens (the favorite included) havent' shown.. and it's full dark now [​IMG][​IMG]
  9. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    Absolutely no chance of getting rabies from a bird. But almost of of the 4 legged chicken predators is a different story. But you must be bitten by an infected animal to contract it.
  10. CoonX

    CoonX Chirping

    Sep 3, 2008
    Kingston, OK
    Quote:Chantald, here's the CDC page for Rabies.

    It is possible to receive Rabies from a non-bite exposure, but the odds are lower than winning the Billion dollar Lottery.


    p.s. The rabies treatment nowadays is real easy, 14 small shots in the arm for a month.
    On the 25th, I'll get my final Rabies vaccination shot. [​IMG]

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