Who wears a mask cleaning up after their chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Nicole01, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Since I use DE and also there is a virus you can get by inhaling the dust from cleaning the coop, I thought it would be a good idea to wear a mask. I do not need any further health problems, that especially can be prevented. Right now I'm using a disposable mask, but maybe I should look into using a non-disposable one instead.

    Anyone else use a mask to clean the coop? They are not the most comfortable due to being so sweaty underneath. Especially in this hot and humid weather. I feel so much better using one knowing it's the sensible thing to do.

    I've noticed the chickens have a lot of dander, especially after they clean their feathers.
     
  2. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't but I probably would be more sensible if I did.
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  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I use a mask, just a paper one. Mostly to keep the dust outta my lungs.

    Imp
     
  4. farmerinKC

    farmerinKC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried using a mask, but I felt like I couldn't get enough air when I was wearing it-(it's seems pretty heavy duty). I was going to just try wearing a bandana over my nose. I'm wondering if that's good enough? I didn't know about a virus. [​IMG] Do you know what it's called?
     
  5. pjknust

    pjknust Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sure do, years ago first time we cleaned out our coop, my husband nearly died from asthma, we didnt even know he had it, but he did after the coop cleaning, had to go to hospital.
    so now I do wear one.
     
  6. kesali

    kesali Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wear a mask, even though it is hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable. Better to put up with that than a dose of asthma. Also, asthma or not, inhaling DE will eventually catch up with your lungs.
     
  7. chickengrandma

    chickengrandma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I absolutely do. Just the paper disposable ones. And disposable gloves also, because I do a lot of scooping of the bedding with my hands.
     
  8. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:x 2....but I have noticed since switching my bedding to the hay...it's not as dusty...
     
  9. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I have often thought of doing that. Especially when I sand off the roosts.....I know that's poo dust and it's floating all over......
     
  10. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:There are several. I read a post not too long ago that someone on here was sick and ended up in the hospital.

    I've read you can get hantavirus, myriad respiratory infection, heliocobacter pylori bacteria infection, farmers lung, bird breeders lung, ect... I personally haven't had any sickness, but I don't want any in the future.
     

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