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Safe Handling of Baby Poultry

Safe handling of day old poultry

Basic Safety Practices for the Handling of Poultry.If you choose to own chicks, ducklings, or other birds following a few basic steps can help you avoid exsposure to Salmonella.

  • It is absolutely essential to wash your hands with soap and warm water immediately after touching the birds or anything in the birds environment.

  • Chicks and Ducklings are not appropriate pets for children under five years of age.

  • Do not allow the birds to be close to your mouth or face.

  • Live poultry should be kept outside.

  • Adults should clean cages/pens. Litter should be frequently changed.

  •  Do not handle birds before or while cooking, eating or doing other kitchen task. 

  • Do not use the kitchen sink to clean bird cages, feed or water condtainers.

  • If you experience abdominal pain, fever and/or diarrhea, visit your physician right away.

Salmonella can cause serious illness, especially in infants and young children because they are more likely to put their fingers in their mouth and because their immune systems are still developing. Older adults, pregnant women, people on chemotherapy, diabetics and people with weakened immune systems may also have more severe symptoms.

For more information about salmonella visit the CDC website featuring  baby birds & live poultry