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My health - and thinking about getting some chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicabee19, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    I am new to this site and new to the idea of having some chickens. This is one of the most helpful, friendly sites I've been to.

    I have read up to 50 pages from each discussion area, most recently reading the emergency/illness stuff...

    I am thinking about getting some of my own hens after buying fresh eggs here in town, then having them run out for short periods.

    I have a compromised immune system - Epstein-Barr and other autoimmune diseases that commonly appear with E-B.

    I was going to put in a greenhouse last year, but ended up not doing so because I don't breathe well in damp conditions and can no longer tolerate very much sun at all.

    Do you think I can raise up to 3 layers w/o affecting my health?

    thank you!

  2. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    If you are worried about dust and feather dander you can wear a mask. As long as you keep their area clean you should have no problems. Depending on your location you could use a chicken tractor and move them daily for fresh grazing and to keep manure and other assorted nasties from building up.
  3. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    The fresh eggs are sooo good for you!
    Also, watching the chickens in the yard can be very relaxing and peaceful.

    Do you have someone that can help you build or assemble a coop? Also, a source for hens?

    To me, raising the chicks is that dirtiest part of having chickens since they need to stay close and be kept warm. Hens take minimal maintanence in comparison.
  4. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    thanks for your reply. I am originally from Oklahoma [​IMG], now in Oregon.
  5. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    So, getting some older chickens might be better than raising chicks myself?

    I was thinking maybe my friend from whom I get eggs could hatch chicks for me and I could visit and bond with them until they are old enough to come to my house?

    I have no budget, so coop/run will have to be made from found items and recycled from the mass of remodeling materials lying around here... or maybe the universe will bring me someone who wants to give away their coop/run.

  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    If you take a few precautions I think you'll be fine raising chickens.

    Design a coop that is easy to keep clean, keep a set of shoes to wear only in the coop & run area and remember to wash your hands everytime after you visit them.

  7. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Should I continue adding questions to this thread, or jump over to the appropriate board and start new discussions?

    I think I am lucky I already have found 3 people here in town for advice and help!

  8. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    You can do either....a lot of times threads go way off topic and people keep replying....switching forums usually ensures you get more responses....
  9. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    What about finding another local person to raise them for you so you have a regular supply of eggs ~ without the added worry of taking care of animals?
  10. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I have a compromised immune system since childbirth...I have no problems being around my chickens or henhouse...Keep things clean and washed up you will be fine...

    It will do you good to out and about!!...

    Thats why I'm a tuffoldhen... [​IMG]

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