Have you as humans gotten sick...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SarahFair, May 12, 2009.

  1. SarahFair

    SarahFair Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2008
    Monroe, Ga
    Have you gotten sick from stepping in poop, handling sick chickens, etc..?

    My dad always worries that my kids are going to get sick from my chickens and he harps SO much that I myself and starting to worry..
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    No one from my farm has.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

  4. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    not being human I am not sure if yuo want my experience, but nope we dogs haven't gotten sick either. That being said...stepping in chicken poop or any other poop is still nasty! Especially when it squishes between your toes!!
  5. mfsakc

    mfsakc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    El Dorado County, CA
    No - but let common sense prevail. Wash hands after handling the chickens and designate one pair of shoes to be "chicken" shoes when going into the coop/run. Don't wear those shoes in the house. Kids will be fine!!!
  6. Lil Chickie Mama

    Lil Chickie Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2009
    Oh, I am so glad you asked this!!! I don't have an answer but I will be watching. I saw an episode of "House" in which the patient (child) was very sick because he played in an area that was once home to chickens and the chicken poo or fungus from it ( [​IMG] ) or something made the kid sick. It had been years since chickens had been there but the fungus or something was still in the ground. Scary...

    Hope this was just Hollywood fiction as my chickens will be around my kids (when I have kids) and where the baby chicks are now, will eventually be the nursery room. Please people, tell us that there is no cause for worry! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  7. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Histoplasmosis? (or something like that) The germ lives where animals do and I've heard to wear a mask when you muck out the coop because you breathe it in and it can cause a respiratory infection. However, that's only when you're cleaning, not just handling the animals.

    Maybe he's worried about E. Coli or Salmonella (spelling?) or even Avian Flu. They've mentioned all these in the news before - kids getting sick after going to a petting zoo, etc.

    If he can tell you specifically what he's worried about, maybe you can counter his arguments with some solid research. Good luck!
  8. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

    Nov 11, 2008
    Trenton, FL
    Nope, neither I nor the kids have ever been sick from them. I even fell in the coop about 6 weeks ago after my auto waterer overflowed so everything was a wet, stinking mess. [​IMG] I landed on my knee and scratched it up really bad. I was moving my chicks out of there (it was my grow out pen but couldn't use it anymore until it dried out) so had to keep going until the job was done. I came in and washed it really good with soap and water and put some triple antibiotic on it. Thankfully all was ok. I was worried about infection just from being in such a dirty wet invironment.
  9. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    No problems here, for 16+ years now. I always wash after handling, feeding, etc. And I always wash BEFORE handling the chickens, too. Especially the chicks.
  10. Southern Gardener

    Southern Gardener Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2008
    Nope. I always wash my hands and have coop shoes. However, the dogs roam the yard and come in the house. [​IMG]

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