Diseases chicken spread? Risk of illness??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by openheartnurse, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. openheartnurse

    openheartnurse Out Of The Brooder

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    I know that chickens can be dirty and can spread illness, according to the CDC. My question is how prevelant is illness in people that raise chickens? How in danger are my children (3yr old and 1yr old) for sickness? I just want to make sure that I am not putting my family in harms way. Thanks again for all the feedback!
     
  2. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If anything exposing the children to natural levels of germs is likely to help them develop normal immune systems.

    Chickens can and do harbour bacteria that can be passed to humans, but it is nothing basic soap and water handwashing and reasonable comon sense supervision and education of childeren can't deal with. Diseases for the most part are not zoonotic and don't pass from chicken to human, bird flu is a possible exception by so very rare to about that would be nutty.

    People are way to freaked out about germs, in particular, people who's jobs depends upon keeping people freaked out.
     
  3. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    Usually the chickens can get illness from wild birds that carry the bird flu. If a chicken drinks their water with wild bird poo in it, it may carry the bird flu. But if you keep your chickens cage clean, with shavings, and clean out their water bowl with a non-soaped scrub brush (to keep down algae) chances are your chicken will not get a illness.

    If you have numerous chickens, like 10 in a pen together, they may get Coccidiosis which is like when chickens peck at each others feces, and maybe Marek's Disease, symptoms are having trouble walking or being lethargic. You need to contain them fast because it is a disease, I lost 1 out of 3 to it.

    But if you start out with 3 chickens that's a good choice. [​IMG]
     
  4. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    Just wash your hands after touching chicks or chickens!
     
  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Chickens carry camplyobacter in their feces. I got this the second week I had chickens. I don't know if it was a coincidence or not.. I have a bad immune system. I was sick in the hospital - in isolation for a week.

    My dogs were eating the poop and probably licked me after, transferring the bacteria to me.

    My form caused ulcers in my bowl. It took me 3 months to recover.

    Note: I did not eat my chickens, so it could only come from their poop. At the time, they were not laying eggs.

    Though I did watch a little 2 year old that had very bad diarrhea the weekend before I got sick.. So it could not have been from my chickens.. It could still happen though.

    Not dangerous, but not fun to get either!

    http://www.cdc.gov/nczved/divisions/dfbmd/diseases/campylobacter/
    You can read more here.
     
  6. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    I never let my dogs lick my face, because I never know what they are eating....[​IMG]
     
  7. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens


    :thumbsup Good idea!

    I've stopped doing it as well. However, they often lick my hands, which are not always washed right away. :oops:
     
  8. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    Yea one time my sisters dog ate poo in the morning.. and at the vet the vets assistant let him lick his face...[​IMG]
     
  9. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    I do know what my dogs are eating and licking. That's why they don't lick my face. :eek:

    Any pet, dog, cat, chicken, turtle, or whatever can give you diseases. Follow reasonable hygeine, which mainly involves soap and water and keeping your dirty hands away from your face, and your risks are greatly reduced.
     
  10. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, oops we got off topic on that dog stuff back there.[​IMG]
     

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