FYI reminder on the safety of chicken owners

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TammyP, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. TammyP

    TammyP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2009
    SW Wisconsin
    Just thought I'd mention this here....

    I cleaned out my chicken coop this week.....very dusty since I hadn't done it for a while....

    Anyhow, I had on my mask, head covering, boots, etc.....however, I neglected the 'eyewear', which isn't mentioned too much in coop cleaning...

    Yesterday morning, my eye was a little swollen under the lid area towards the tear duct area.....a little tender also. My family noticed that something wasn't right with my eye...anyhow, did an internet search on what this could be. They say it is a 'stye' or 'sty'. I've never had one and when searching on the internet, this is what they describe is my dilemma to a tee.

    They say that this 'stye'/'sty' is caused by the Staphylococcus bacteria. When I was reading the documents to my hubby...the first thing he asked was if I was sanitizing my hands/washing my hands after handling the chickens/eggs/coop/etc. My response was, "of course!"

    I just told him that the coop was very dusty when I was cleaning it and perhaps I just got lots of dust in my eye.... and thinking upon that, I was rubbing my eye during the process...

    So.................I typed Staphylococcus bacteria into the search bar above and got LOTS of info on this bacteria on this site and how it is prevelent around chickens.

    My assumption is that I got it from the dust and from rubbing it into my eye....

    So I will be adding 'protective eyewear' to my coop management list.....and suggest that others do so too. [​IMG]

    Ugh, it's painful and I look horrid (only on the right side-apparently rubbed that one).... a hard lesson to learn.

    So the FYI reminder is keep sanitizer in the coop area, use it often and don't rub the eyes! Perhaps protective eyewear should be on the list for cleanup duty. When done, go to the nearest water station, wash hands and then rinse out the eye area completely/wash the face before any type of touching. {of eyes, mouth, nose, etc} [​IMG] We think about immediately washing the hands but we neglect to add the facial areas.

    That is all. Thank you.

  2. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    Upstate New York
    Thanks, Tammy. I will tuck this valuable hard-learned lesson away for future use!
  3. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    Good idea... thanks! Sorry about the sty...
  4. RGBistro

    RGBistro Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2011
    Orange County, CA
    Great reminder, thank you!
  5. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Thanks for the reminder! Your right we do tend to neglec the facial area! Hope your eyes feels better. [​IMG]
  6. Spinster_Sister

    Spinster_Sister Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2009
    Hawthorne, CA
    speaking of stye. I am developing one in my right eye now too. Everyday I sweep out their run and coops and it was pretty windy late last that's where I picked it up !!
  7. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    I think it is Staph that causes bumblefoot in chickens.
  8. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    Ducky Land!
    Thanks Tammmy! Sorry about your eye hope you feel better soon! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2011

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