Wearing a mask while cleaning the coop

ARose4Heaven

Songster
10 Years
Apr 16, 2009
1,082
270
241
Flippin, AR
I ran across this thread... https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=106982 while surfing around BYC. It scared the bejeegers outta me!. Then I saw this article in our "Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman" News Paper March 2, 2011.

28261_lastscan.jpg


It made me think... Yes, some folks get sick from not wearing a mask, but others don't. I wonder, is it mostly people that are raised in very clean environments that get sick? I personally don't wear a mask, but was raised in a "less than clean" environment, and have a natural resistance to most nasties.

I thought that we needed this thread brought back out to circulate again, because so many of our members are city dwellers, that may have been raised without exposure to the fungus and toxins in chicken poo. Coop safety is is so very important and getting ill from keeping chickens is avoidable if one just exercises caution.
 

sourland

Broody Magician
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
May 3, 2009
125,256
383,780
2,027
New Jersey
Better safe than sorry. I was raised on a farm and have had a wide variety of animal poop on my hands.
lol.png
I wear a cannister type mask when cleaning lofts/coops. You only get one set of lungs and they do not regenerate. If you ever knew someone with "pigeon lung", you wouldn't take chances either.
 

terrilhb

Songster
9 Years
Dec 11, 2010
3,014
14
241
Georgia
I don't wear a mask. I do wear gloves for deep cleaning. But that is because I don't want alot of chicken poop on my hands.
lau.gif
I don't know why I do it. I don't for anything else and always wash my hands when done. The joys of chickens. But I love them and would not trade them for nothing.
 

jennh

Songster
12 Years
Jun 21, 2007
1,370
12
171
Lititz
I don't wear gloves or a mask. BUT I always wash my hands well, and
lau.gif
gig.gif
blow my nose well when I am done!!

Jen
 

Katy

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jun 29, 2007
16,317
88
331
Kansas~50+ yrs of chickens
I was raised on a farm and still live on a farm. I have asthma and I do wear a mask. My kids were raised on a farm and two still have ag related jobs and all three still help out here on the farm when they can. 2 of the 3 have asthma so I'm not sure I put much stock in the study. Personally I think it's foolish not to wear a mask.
 

silkiechicken

Staff PhD
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
13 Years
Jan 25, 2007
21,494
1,047
393
Everett WA/Corvallis OR
I say wear a mask. A mask does not stop everything. Things still do get behind that mask. To gain immunities to things... you only need a tiny amount of exposure, exposure you can get without ending up with farmers lung.

Unless you are wearing a respirator, you'll get plenty of dust and junk through a mask.
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom