Odd question perhaps

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by citychickx6, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    I had an odd encounter with a squirrel in my run yesterday. It was acting very oddly.
    It was not moving right and looked sickly. It was soaked from the lower jaw and down the front legs. Very wobbly and did not run away from me. I did dispatch the animal as I felt it was the kindest thing to do.
    Just wondering if I should be more concerned about rabies or if it was perhaps poisoned.
    I know the chickens cannot get rabies but are there other rodent diseases that they could contract?
    The poor thing was very thin and could not climb the post it was near. It was rather wobbly on its feet and fell over a few times while I was grabbing chickens to toss into the hen house.
    Things I think could have happened to make it this way.
    Could have been trapped in someones shed with no food or water for days.
    Could have been poisoned.
    Could have had distemper.
    Possibly rabies.

    Any other thoughts?
  2. NYboy

    NYboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2009
    White plains
    If you still have the body, bring to a vet to have checked for rabies.
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    The best thing to do is just bury it and don't handle it.
    Your chickens won't catch anything from it.

    You won't accomplish anything by taking it to a Vet
  4. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2011
    athens, wv
    I agree don't take it to the vet i'd either bury it or be real careful and not touch it directly and take it to your local dnr. They'll send it off for rabies testing. Either way it sounds alot like rabies so be sure your dogs and cats rabies vaccines are up to date.

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