Friendly farmer sick after processing birds

phalenbeck

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11 Years
Aug 14, 2008
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About a week back, I processed 5 Cornish X as I have done for 4 years. I did get in contact with a bit of poop, and did minor hand cuts. All birds seemed healthy. The next day chills, that passed, and 'lower intestional distress' that is still with me 5 days later. I am not worried about me so much, as I can handle this in time, but Is this from the birds? I am likely guilty of rinsing my hands frequently, but not washing them as much as I should. Getting sick from processing--happen to others? The good news distress is slimming me down some.
 

chooks4life

Crowing
6 Years
Apr 8, 2013
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You may want to look up symptoms of salmonella. Just a thought.

This hasn't happened to me, but just in case, until you're better and know you're out the other side of the woods, I personally wouldn't be too laid back about it. People die from catching diseases from poultry every year.

Best wishes.
 

phalenbeck

Songster
11 Years
Aug 14, 2008
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Canton, N.C.
Thanks, it clearly was salmonella. My thought is my practice of drinking (coffee) and smoking without washing my hands was the problem. Time to shape up, I guess. I have done all the hydration stuff, and am mostly better.
 

aoxa

Crowing
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Aug 8, 2011
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Are you sure it wasn't Camplyobacter poisoning? I have had it from my dogs eating chicken poop and me letting my dogs lick my hands, and not washing them after.. So yeah it is possible.

I was hospitalized with it and it created ulcers in my bowels. I was pretty sick and in isolation in the hospital.

It's not usually serious.. I know the stomach cramping was pretty tough for me. My whole intestines just stopped working. And now I am more careful. ;)
 

phalenbeck

Songster
11 Years
Aug 14, 2008
340
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Canton, N.C.
Camplyobacter looks like another possibility. I am happy to have this info. Now I find that there is some Dengue where I am going to he dentist to save a couple thousand. I have spent many years not worrying about much, and I guess it is time to take precautions. Stuff does not seem heal as fast now that I am near-old.
 

LindaB220

Crowing
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Aug 23, 2013
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Thanks, it clearly was salmonella. My thought is my practice of drinking (coffee) and smoking without washing my hands was the problem. Time to shape up, I guess. I have done all the hydration stuff, and am mostly better.

Glad you are feeling better. This is something I had not thought about. But I wash my hands with soap at least 7-8 times a day. Every time I come in contact with chickens. I'm bad about drinking water too. sigh.
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LindaB220

Crowing
6 Years
Aug 23, 2013
6,179
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Portland/Vancouver area
Camplyobacter looks like another possibility. I am happy to have this info. Now I find that there is some Dengue where I am going to he dentist to save a couple thousand. I have spent many years not worrying about much, and I guess it is time to take precautions. Stuff does not seem heal as fast now that I am near-old.

Take all your shots before going overseas. Safety first. Good for you. Wish you the best. Be careful. Take along a small container of GSE. Grapefruit Seed Extract. A couple of drops in water will kill all bacteria. Soak veggies and salads before eating. Amazon sells it cheap. $8 or so.
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Ruthster55

Crowing
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Nov 23, 2013
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I know they're marketed mostly to bodybuilders, but I like Animal Pak vitamins to keep your immune system in tip-top shape.

They're expensive abroad - so buy them before you leave and put them in your suitcase.
 

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