Do You Have a Backyard Flock?

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Keeping backyard poultry has become a popular hobby for many people. Raising chickens, ducks, geese, and other birds can be fun and educational. But it’s important to know that backyard poultry can sometimes carry harmful germs that make people sick.

Every year, outbreaks of Salmonella are linked to contact with backyard poultry, and young kids are especially at risk. Luckily, there are steps you can take to safely keep a backyard flock.

If you have backyard poultry, follow these tips to stay healthy.

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  • Wash your hands after touching birds and anything in areas where they live and roam.
  • Don’t kiss, snuggle, or eat or drink around birds.
  • Keep birds and their supplies outside the house.
  • Supervise kids around birds and don’t let kids under 5 handle birds because they are more likely to get sick from germs like Salmonella.

Baby Chicks and Salmonella: Tyler’s Story

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Learn about one family’s experience with Salmonella. Erika and her son Tyler describe Tyler’s battle with a Salmonella infection that came from the chickens in their backyard flock. Still flock owners, Erika wants other families to know the risks of backyard chickens and how to protect their loved ones from getting sick by following some simple steps.