psittacosis Yes we can catch it from our chookies!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bantymum, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. Hi all, Ive been at the hospital having tests and results are due back on Tuesday.
    I ran out of dust masks which i use when scraping the dove loft daily. Anyhow, now I have an horrible cough, aching chest and back, The Dr thinks it may be psittacosis which I caught 4 years ago after cleaning the chook house in windy weather!! So Ive read up on the subject and found this article:
    Apparantly when humans catch it from dander dust etc, we show no signs of illness, which is why they call it "walking Pnuemonia" until we start coughing etc.
    The disease is treatable and we recover quickly with Meds.
    So always wear your masks when cleaning the cages etc!!

    Chlamydia psittaci infects wild and domestic birds and poultry. Birds which contract the infection include parrots, canaries, pigeons, chickens, ducks, and turkeys. The time between exposure to Chlamydia psittaci and the onset of illness in caged birds ranges from three days to several weeks. Sick birds show signs of:

    weight loss,
    breathing difficulties,
    Birds can have a latent infection. That means they appear healthy and do not show any symptoms now but they can show symptoms later. These infected birds carrying the Chlamydia psittaci bacteria may shed the organism intermittently or sometimes continuously for weeks or months. Stress associated with nutritional deficiencies, overcrowding, breeding, egg-laying and prolonged transport may cause birds with a latent infection to shed infectious agents. When shedding occurs, the infected birds excrete the bacteria in the feces and nasal discharges and can remain infective for several months.
    Humans most commonly catch the disease from infected birds by inhaling the bacteria from shed feathers, secretions and droppings.
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2008
  2. raindrop

    raindrop Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    Western Oregon
    Sorry you are sick!
    I got a mild case psittacosis from a cockatiel about 10 years ago, felt fine in a few days with antibiotics.
    Get well soon!
  3. Thanks Raindrop, I guess I thought id let you all know that we can catch this from our chooks too, and not just parrots!
  4. dogzrule5

    dogzrule5 Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Sanford, NC
    Yikes! I don't take any precautions when handling the chickens and geese. Should I??? [​IMG]
  5. Quote:Yes definately!!!
    Just be careful when working in the coops, if its a really windy day wait till its not so windy and then wear a dustmask with filter. Try to use $10 types rather than $5 types! You can get fancy ones which keep out finer dusts and they are best.
    The little germies can enter your system under your skin, causing itchies, just google the word psittacosis and youll get a surprise as to how easy it is to catch it.
    I would daresay that us with pigeons are more susceptible.
    Did you know that Pigeonpoop was once used to make gunpowder? pretty powerful poop.
    Anyway, i have caught this 10 years ago after cleaning the chicken coop and inhaling feather dander etc. so its not only the pidgies.
    I clean out my coops once a week so I dont get a huge buildup.
    Take care
  6. kimichanga

    kimichanga Hatching

    Sep 4, 2014
    @Bantymum...when it get's under your skin and itchy then what do you use or how do you get it out? We have been dealing with this for quite some time. We have all been using tea tree oil and it seems to help but I don't know if it's a temporary cure or permanent? I know this post is so old but I hope this finds you all and I hope I get answers because the medical field is of no help at all!!!

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