My chicken feed has peanuts in it and my neighbor's daughter has a severe allergy. Should we worry

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chicknato, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. Chicknato

    Chicknato New Egg

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    The little girl next door LOVES to come visit my chickens and bring them treats and scraps. (They bring so much, in fact, that the chicken feed seems to last forever.) The chick starter feed I'm still using has peanuts in it, so obviously we keep her away from it, but now I'm wondering if even just touching the poo might be dangerous. Of course nobody tries to touch droppings, but I don't have to tell you folks how quickly it gets everywhere.
    Has anybody every heard of someone having an allergic reaction from chicken manure? Even anecdotally?
     
  2. Naunnie

    Naunnie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My granddaughter is also highly allergic to peanuts. I can't answer about the poo, but I would not take any chances. I would get rid of that starter feed asap. She could easily come in contact with it on the ground/floor. Since we found out about Grace's allergy, we are diligent about avoiding any sources of peanut/tree nuts. Her doctor warned us just being around any peanut dust could be dangerous to her. We really miss our peanut butter! My pigeons really miss their peanut treats! We just cannot take any risks!

    Also, from what I've read, peanut meal is not really a good protein substitute for chicks. I'm sure it is rare but, peanut meal can be contaminated with aflatoxin, a by-product of the Aspergillus fungus. I just wouldn't take a chance here either. I know a lot of folks feed peanuts as treats or add it to their homemade feed. Some studies have shown feeding peanuts increase egg size. This is fine, because the owner has more control of the quality of peanuts, but I would not trust a feed manufacturer. Just my opinion....
     
  3. creepygothnursi

    creepygothnursi Out Of The Brooder

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    I'd get something without peanuts, just to be safe. With some peanut allergies even the slightest trace of peanut residue can trigger a reaction, and better safe than sorry.
     
  4. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It may well be impossible to be sure that anything does not have peanuts in it. You would have to go back to the source of what is brought to the mill and track it all the way to the store to insure that there was no contact with peanuts.

    I would not be willing to take on the liability that nothing around my house and chicken coop had no peanuts in it. You could be careful, but never certain.

    People with allergies need to be responsible for themselves, first and foremost. An attentive, responsible adult needs to monitor this child's environment. I have chicken feed in the sack in the corner. There is nothing on the label about peanuts, but I could never be absolutely sure.

    Cautious and attentive.

    Chris
     

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