Question for all chicken experts - chicken rabies?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jerseygirl1, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    OK, I am not at all knowledgable on the subject of rabies, but from what I remember, cold-blooded animals cannot carry rabies, correct? Therefore, a chicken getting rabies and transmitting it is impossible, correct? Would anyone know the scientific reasoning of this? Thanks [​IMG]
  2. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    Chickens are warm blooded animals if i remember correctly, though i have never heard of chickens getting rabies. Most ways to get rabies seems to be from animals and those chickens usually don't live. Not really something to worry about, more of diseases to kill your birds and salmonella.
  3. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    syracuse area, ny
    if i am not mistaken.. only mammals can get rabies.. not avian
  4. possumqueen

    possumqueen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    Monroe, North Carolina
    Quote:Absolutely correct. Only mammals can gets rabies. Birds are immune.
  5. TurtleFeathers

    TurtleFeathers Fear the Turtle!

    Jan 9, 2009
    By the Chesapeake Bay
    I thought all warm blooded animals could get rabies?
  6. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2009
    Nope. Only placental mammals can transmit rabies. Rabies can amplify itself only in a certain temperature range - that of placental mammals. Possums can't even transmit rabies because there body temp is too low. Chicken body temp is too high, I think, but not sure. Anyway, chickens can't get rabies.
  7. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    ok, I have a question...I recently had a chicken taken by a suspected rabid fox. He got into the pen during the day while no one was home. A few days later one of the other hens that were in that pen started acting funny. A week later and I noticed she was holding her head funny and sleeping more. A few more days later she couldn't walk and wasn't eating anymore and then started having head tremors. I had dh put her down. None of the other hens have had any issues and it has been many weeks. I was thinking maybe the fox bit her when he was in the pen? If it isn't rabies what else could have happened to her? She was perfectly healthy beforehand. The only other idea I had was maybe she suffered some sort of trauma? Maybe hit her head? Any insight appreciated
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Trauma, encephalitis, etc, ...

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