Disease question


8 Years
Aug 28, 2011
Iam on board of getting 3-4 hens but my wife is on the fence
She is concerned about histoplasmosis and or toxoPlasmosis and others
Diseases especially around our 5 year old kid. What can I do or say to
Her to gain her confidence about owning some chicks. Thanks for
Any advice.


Premium Feather Member
14 Years
Nov 27, 2008
Glen St Mary, Florida
Many animals carry parasites and can have diseases; dogs, cats, parakeets, ferrets...you name them, they got them. Humans do too! The key is common sense. Observe regular hygiene procedures and everything will be ok. Washing hands after handling chicks/chickens etc...same for any other animal. Keep their living quarters clean on a regular basis, proper feed and fresh water...just like any other animal....piece of cake. Here's a link to poultry diseases that are transmittable to humans:
Edited: When I clean their house on a weekly basis; I wear a double mask, plastic disposable gloves and an old pair of glasses, old 'chicken' clothes and shoes. I redesiged the interior my coop for ease of cleaning. It takes me 10 minutes to quick clean and I'm done. Forty five minutes for a full blown clean out top to bottom. I do that once a month.
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Free Ranging
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Your wife's concern about any possible transmitable disease to your child shows her concern and care. Here are some thoughts for you:

1. Research the 'number of cases' of those diseases on the internet and possibly the percentage of the population that is infected
. Look up the 'boy in the bubble' -- the child had no immune system and couldn't be exposed to normal environments
. Remind her that children have and develop a strong imune system from what they encounter in their environment. For example when Small Pox was deadly, people who lived on farms and had encountered a milder form of pox called 'cow pox' had immunity to small pox

and not least hygine, and developing the hand washing habit after touching animals may provide a really good life lesson for your child/children and establish valuable habits that would help them be disease free.

Not to burden you with links. The points I am aiming at are that the diseases are considered rare, isolation is not a good way to develop an imnune system, and lastly, some contact with animals can be beneficial to humans to actually prevent diseases.

In the end if she doesn't come on board, (and I don't know the ages and general health of you kids) you probably have to delay having chckens.....but hopefully it will become a fun activity for your whole family.

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