Humans catching diseases from chicken poo?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Little Chicky, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. Little Chicky

    Little Chicky Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2009
    A friend told me that chicken poo, when sitting for a few days in the coop, will gather spores that can inflict a serious lung disease on whoever breathes them in. Is there any truth in this? If so, what is it called and how can it be prevented?

  2. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 19, 2009
    If it was I'd be dead. Plus I have friend that works for a commercial manure spreading business. They remove manure and haul it with large agricultural machinery like big scoop loaders and spreader trucks. A lot of dust gets churned up in the process. My friend has worked for this company for many years. He is healthy and so are his co workers. Some people are just alarmists. Quit worrying yourself and buy your friend some worry beads.
  3. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    new Hampshire
    I agree i would be dead by now.
  4. key west chick

    key west chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    40 or so years ago my MIL's father passed away from a lung disease. He raised chickens and the doctors told them he caught it from years of inhaling dried chicken poo. I'm not sure if it was some sort of lung cancer or what but whatever it was , killed him not long after being diagnosed.
  5. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Actually, that's true. Several members here have gotten it, but gosh, I'm having a 'fibro-fog' week, and can't remember the name of it. [​IMG] Whenever cleaning out the coop, make sure you wear a mask. There's even a special code on the mask to make sure it's filtering out the smallest stuff, and darn if I can remember that either. [​IMG]

    Sorry, so much for trying to help ya hun! Hopefully someone that can actually remember stuff comes along and posts!
  6. lavandula girl

    lavandula girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think you can get histoplasmosis from inhaled chicken poo.
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  7. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:You are sooo smart!! That's the word I couldn't remember!! Huggles!
  8. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    It is not common for people to get sick from cleaning their coops, but it is possible.

    You should always avoid breathing in any kind of particulate matter, including dried poop. In other words, use the same common sense you use when you are sanding wood or cleaning an old attic. If you stir up dust when you clean your coop, wear a mask.
  9. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2007
    The chances must be very slim or there'd be a lot more people in the world with histoplasmosis, right? Actually I heard you can get it from Bat poo too (guano).
  10. journey11

    journey11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2009
    Good to know. I always wear a mask b/c it's a LOT of dust. I will get a better quality mask next time.

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