Not an emergency, more of a health issue question-Opinions Pls

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LaneHill, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. LaneHill

    LaneHill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2011
    Endless Mountains PA
    I'm not sure where to post this, & hoping I've found the proper place...

    I'm 8 weeks pregnant (Yay!) & scheduled to go to a class tomorrow to get certified to pull poultry blood for disease testing.
    Students are to bring their own chickens to "learn" on (I'm not sure I'm going to be able to stick the poor girls to pull the blood).
    My questions are this-
    is it to become infected by the blood? Because if you knew the clutz I am, you would also know without a doubt I'm going to stick myself instead of the hens [​IMG]
    & I'm also thinking it would be so easy for one of the other student's chickens to infect my own. I know of 2 students that will be there who have had huge problems with coccidiosis (sp?) in their flocks. Wouldn't their chickens being in the same room pose a threat to my own?
    So, in your opinions, what would you do??
    Forget the class, or go?
  2. Sorin

    Sorin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Glenfield, ny
    I'm not sure... Hmmmm... I would think that as long as the chickens aren't sharing close space or as long as there's no chance they will come into contact with each others poo I would think it would be okay, but I'm not an expert on Cocci. [​IMG]
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I would not have my chickens anywhere near someone elses chickens, especially knowing some may have cocci! Additionally there are plenty of diseases that spread by airflow...chicken to chicken. If you handle other chickens, I hope you bring an extra change of clothes....think biosecurity, refresh the instructors memory about it!
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Quote:X2 Excellent advice from dawg53!
  5. LaneHill

    LaneHill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2011
    Endless Mountains PA
    Thank you for the quick responses.
    I was thinking maybe I was being an overprotective mama hen about the girls. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who thought it was a bad idea.
  6. chickengrl

    chickengrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    Quote:X2 Excellent advice from dawg53!

    x3!!! I would be more worried about respiratory illness. It spreads very easily. Can you say "I forgot my chicken" ? or "the chicken ate my home work" ? [​IMG]

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