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    Guide to Chicken Coops and Respiratory Disease

    ArticleMonday 07 February 2011
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    There are certain health risks involved in keeping chickens in chicken coops and these could affect your whole family. In fact, chicken droppings can be the cause of respiratory disease in anyone directly involved in handling the birds. 


    There are two kinds of respiratory illness related to handling these bird droppings when keeping chickens:

    • Histoplasmosis

    • Psittacosis

    People contract these diseases by inhaling fungi spores growing in the droppings. During cleaning of a hen house, the spores get into the air while droppings are removed. 

    The symptoms involved in this illness caused by keeping chickens manifest as flu-like effects. Treatment should be sought immediately as this can develop into pneumonia and may even be fatal after a while. Histoplasmosis can potentially cause blindness if left untreated in severe cases.

    In order to prevent such disease from forming in chicken coops it is vital to clean out hen houses regularly when the droppings are fresh. Do not let the droppings dry out as these conditions are what cause the fungi.

    Be sure to use the right equipment in cleaning out chicken coops so that you reduce your exposure to such harmful organisms. For instance, wear a full-face respirator when cleaning it out. You could also mist the hen house with a hose before removing excrement.

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