precautions for Amazon parrot when raising chickens

by pat

I am going to start raising chickens soon. I have a 16 year old double-yellow-headed Amazon and I would like to know what precautions I need to take as not to spread any disease to my parrot. When I will be working around the chickens, I will take clothes and shoes off outside and hit the shower. Can you give me any information as to what else I should be doing to keep my parrot safe and healthy. Thank you, Pat

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Aug 09, 2012
Having chickens and parrots
by: The Avian Vet

Changing and bathing are very important in preventing disease spread. Also, do not allow physical contact between your amazon and the chickens. You should also start with healthy chickens, preferably from a hatchery so your chicks come vaccinated. I have chickens and parrots and have had them for many years and have never had a problem. On a side note, avoid feeding too much egg yolk to your amazon as it can cause elevated cholesterol and heart disease.

Dr B

Aug 09, 2012
precautions for Amazon parrot when raising chickens
by: Linda

Hopefully Dr. B will answer this when he has time, and in the meantime, here are a few tips.

First, keep parrot and chickens away from each other. This means keeping Amazon inside and chickens outside in their own shelter.

Be sure to take the chickens to be examined by an Avian Vet to see if they already have any infections either bacterial or viral because these will be transferred to your parrot regardless of what measures you take to keep him safe.

Once they have been examined and either cleared for any contageous disease or given meds to treat something, make sure their outside shelter is safe from rodents, snakes and outside birds and animals. This means building a place for them similar to an outside aviary for parrots and other birds. Floor has to be concrete with a drain in the middle and piped out underneath the concrete flooring so it can be hosed down. Wire has to be put into a concrete curb and small enough in size so rodents and snakes cannot get into it. Rodents carry many types of disease and infection, so you will want to guard against them gaining entry into your chicken coop. The chickens will need inside building to use as their coop which may or may not need supplemental heat in the winter.

The most important issue from my point of view is to keep parrot and chickens in two different worlds. Make sure clothes and shoes are changed before coming back to house, and you should be okay. If chickens are healthy to start with, then keep them that way.

Dr. B should answer this too, in time, with more information about chickens and their issues. You can also do a search on the internet to get more information about what diseases and infections are common with them.


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