Raising chickens and other live poultry, such as ducks and geese, is becoming increasingly popular. It's not unusual to see soft and cute baby live poultry put on display in agricultural feed stores or petting zoos.
A growing number of people around the country are choosing to raise backyard flocks for fresh eggs or meat as part of a greener, healthier lifestyle. Some people are even keeping chickens indoors as "pet chickens" or "lap chickens," complete with chicken diapers.
While raising chickens, ducks and geese can be a great experience, what many people may not know is that these birds can carry harmful germs.
People become infected with salmonella germs when they put their hands, or other things that have been in contact with animal droppings, in or around their mouth. Young children are especially at risk for illness because their immune systems are still developing and because they are more likely than others to put their fingers or other items into their mouths. They are also more likely than others to kiss or cuddle the birds.
Remember, always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam. And to reduce the risk of contamination in your home, it's best to keep chickens and other live poultry outside.blog comments powered by Disqus