Dust and chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Renee81, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Renee81

    Renee81 New Egg

    Jan 17, 2013
    Hi, I just joined. I’m in Indiana.
    I can’t believe I’ve been reading this Forum most of the day!

    I know chickens make a lot of dust, however, I never expected as much as there was. I took half of my greenhouse (the north side) and made a chicken house. And both are connected to the end of a mini barn, which I intended to use for a garage but never did, but the large garage door opens up into the greenhouse

    I’ve raised chickens for years, however, last spring I cleaned my chicken house, and the mini barn, and have been sick ever since. First with a severe sinus infection, then one thing after the other. I had to get rid of my chickens—too sick to take care of them. I am just getting over it, and now i want some more chickens.

    But I won’t hardly even go into the mini barn, or greenhouse, and am afraid to try to raise chickens like that again. So I am thinking of making just a small chicken house, maybe 4 X 4 and just have 6-7 chickens. I had about 25, before the possums killed half of them.

    Anyone have these problems?
    Any advice?
    Of course, I am 81, so that does make a difference.
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Welcome to BYC from the Western Sierra Foothills (in California's wine country).

    Renee, I wear a painting mask when I have to do major "cleaning" in the coop. I've got close to 50 chickens (plus some ducks, a couple of geese and three turkeys) and the deep litter method works very well for me. I also open the bales of shavings, when I add more, then just leave the shakings right there in a big pile; the chickens spread it out for me!

    Hope that helps some...
  3. Renee81

    Renee81 New Egg

    Jan 17, 2013
    Yes, I sure will use a mask. And I always use the deep litter method. However, I don't want to have to use a mask when I work in the greenhouse and mini barn. So I suppose, I'll get my son to help me build a small chicken house.

    And I thought putting them in half my green house was such a good idea. Oh well, Live and learn.
  4. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC!!!! Glad you joined. [​IMG]
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Poultry dander/dust allergies can cause serious medical problems. Chickens are not so bad at causing lung problems as are pigeons, but once sensitized it does not go away. gryeyes gives excellent advice about the mask. When working in my pigeon lofts, I always wear a cannister type respirator/mask.
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Renee81, and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us!! Best of luck to you and your chickens!
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  9. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2012
    My Coop
    [​IMG] from Highland County Ohio and God Bless!!!
  10. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    4 square feet per bird is a minimum size for a coop, so a 4x4 coop would hold 4 birds.

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