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Oh Crap. Please Let Me Get Off Easy This Time
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So I'm outside working on the chicken coop when my 2 year old drops the feeder right beside me.

POOF! Big cloud of chicken feed dust erupts right in my face. Couldn't help but inhale it.

I rushed over to the hose and hosed myself down. Washed my face, rinsed my mouth, washed my arms, came in and dumped all my clothes in the washer.

I am leaving for vacation in 3 days, my gluten reactions last up to 2 weeks. Please, please, please let me get off without a reaction just this one time. :(

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Wow! Sorry to hear that.

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Oh, that is dreadful, especially right before vacation! I hope that this will pass quickly. Where are you going on vacation?

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Keeping my fingers crossed for you that the reaction isn't too bad.

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Here's hoping for your "get out of jail free" card!

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Have you thought about making your own gluten free chicken feed ? Chickens do NOT need wheat and can do perfectly well on basic mixed grain/seed concoctions to which you can add soybean meal if you want to boost the protein, and salt/mineral mixes. I mix wild bird seed with black oil sunflower seed, but in the past I've also used a molasses/corn/oat mixture or wheat - free horse feed, and added other things to it.

Re the reaction: you can try knocking down the inflammation by taking something like an antihistamine and an anti inflammatory, ie, claritin or benedryl and advil, or you can try for herbal and go for ginger root and tumeric.

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Sending you good thoughts, I hope all goes well for you, and I hope you enjoy your vacation. B)

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oh how scary! :o Hopefully rinsing off right away saved you?

Have a great vacation!

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Hi everyone.

I took a bunch of digestive enzymes and a muscle relaxants and went to bed. Luckily I seem to have gotten away with it. My worst symptom of a reaction is 10-14 days of intense burning back pain so I am very happy and relieved that I didn't seem to react too badly. I'm a bit fatigued and my back doesn't feel great but that's okay, I can deal with that.

We are going over to Vancouver for 4 days (leaving tomorrow), then I'm home for 3 days during which I have to unpack, throw a birthday party for myself and my 16 year old son, do the laundry and repack and then I fly to San Diego for 6 days. So this would be a very bad time to get glutened.

I'm already so worried about eating in Vancouver because if something goes wrong then my trip to San Diego won't be as much fun. I'm also a bit panicky about eating in San Diego since I am flying and can't drag a cooler with me like I am to Vancouver.

I thought about making my own gluten free chicken feed but was told that a gluten free feed that is high enough in protein for the layers would be really expensive and there is nowhere local that I can even buy the individual components. All the feed/farm stores here sell premade feed and I sure can't afford to feed my chickens out of the bulk bins at the grocery store.

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Hi everyone.

I took a bunch of digestive enzymes and a muscle relaxants and went to bed. Luckily I seem to have gotten away with it. My worst symptom of a reaction is 10-14 days of intense burning back pain so I am very happy and relieved that I didn't seem to react too badly. I'm a bit fatigued and my back doesn't feel great but that's okay, I can deal with that.

We are going over to Vancouver for 4 days (leaving tomorrow), then I'm home for 3 days during which I have to unpack, throw a birthday party for myself and my 16 year old son, do the laundry and repack and then I fly to San Diego for 6 days. So this would be a very bad time to get glutened.

I'm already so worried about eating in Vancouver because if something goes wrong then my trip to San Diego won't be as much fun. I'm also a bit panicky about eating in San Diego since I am flying and can't drag a cooler with me like I am to Vancouver.

I thought about making my own gluten free chicken feed but was told that a gluten free feed that is high enough in protein for the layers would be really expensive and there is nowhere local that I can even buy the individual components. All the feed/farm stores here sell premade feed and I sure can't afford to feed my chickens out of the bulk bins at the grocery store.

What you might want to do to be on the safe side is maybe wear a mask when your feeding them so if that happens again you aren't breathing in the dust through your nose and mouth. Have a great time on your trips and happy birthday to you and your son in advance.

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What you might want to do to be on the safe side is maybe wear a mask when your feeding them so if that happens again you aren't breathing in the dust through your nose and mouth. Have a great time on your trips and happy birthday to you and your son in advance.

I will next time. I wasn't even feeding them, my oldest son takes care of that. I was making a repair to the shelf that holds their feeder inside the coop at night (we have raccoons so their food dispenser comes in at night and sits on a shelf in the coop.) All I managed to accomplish was spraining my thumb, spilling their food (well,Lily did that) and mildly glutening myself. The shelf is still broken but I'm not going int here again until after my vacation!

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