Have Your Chickens Ever Made You Sick?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MarcoPollo, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. MarcoPollo

    MarcoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2012
    Hot Coffee, MS
    Have you ever been sickened by your chickens? By their eggs or meat? By their parasites? By cleaning up after them? Have they ever injured you or your family members or other animals? Have you ever had suspicions that you were sick because of chickens?
    I have been looking up ways to treat recent parasite problems with my chickens, and it made me wonder if people ever get sick from their chickens.
    The only time I've ever been ill was from cleaning out coop shavings which resulted in sinus problems. The dust mask is now my friend during coop cleaning [​IMG] .
  2. Leah S

    Leah S Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2011
    my chickens have never made me, or my family sick. There was one "injury". A roo tried to spur me, but only scratched me.
  3. NestingHillsSC

    NestingHillsSC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2012
    I've had mine now for 1 1/2 years. Spend a lot of time with them. In the run. Haven't bought an egg from the store in this time. And never again will. I'm not the cleanest person in the world. Washing hands 20x a day etc etc. DO bath now. HAHAHA. Only eat one chicken a few weeks ago because she had bumble foot and cutting it out didn't work. But that will change this year when I get a breed of meat chickens.

    Never once have I ever got sick due to my chickens or ducks. Or any of our 11 cats or 4 dogs!! LOL
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013
  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    That would be a no on all fronts. Honestly, being exposed to animals in general makes you immune to some of the things, the only thing the animals do is make me dirty! er.. does that count? [​IMG]
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Illness, never. Injury, once. A pretty easter egger roo spurred my then 2year old ds, raked the crap out of his back.

    Protective dad+ attacked kid + shotgun = not enough rooster to eat [​IMG]

    But no, never been sick from the birds. I'm also not a clean freak and often don't wash my hands after being out with my birds.
  6. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2012
    I am glad you added the part about not washing you hands every time, while I try to wash my hands, I will sometimes forget then pop a cherry tomato or something from the garden (without washing it either) into my mouth and then worry if I am going to get sick.

    I do have sinus problems when I brood in the house, but it is so worth it to watch and enter act with the chicks that I take a benadryl and don't worry about it.
  7. NestingHillsSC

    NestingHillsSC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2012
  8. NestingHillsSC

    NestingHillsSC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2012
    Sorry but this is funny!!! [​IMG]
  9. NestingHillsSC

    NestingHillsSC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2012
    Sorry again, but I clean the hen house out and while I'm still pushing the wheel barrel around I'm eating my cherry tomato's in the summer too!! [​IMG]
  10. gg706

    gg706 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
    I have not gotten sick. But I do cover my face when cleaning the coop. If I do not cover my face I can smell chickens for a few hours after cleaning the coop and it grosses me out to think the dusty chicken poo and dander is in my sinuses. I do wash my hands after any contact with the chickens and I change and wash my clothes immediatly if necessary. Any animal can make you sick if precautions are not taken. I feel a dog with fleas is a bigger threat than the chickens. Avian flu does concern me a little bit though. People are actually the biggest threat as far as sickness and disease.I prefer people to keep their germs to themselves!

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