It’s Spring, almost Easter, and therefore that time of year when folks often purchase sweet little chicks and ducklings, and other forms of live poultry. They are precious to watch, but it’s necessary to be very cautious about handling them. They can be sources of Salmonella. It is critical to prevent Salmonella infections by using proper hygiene and sanitation.
The CDC recommends several preventative measures for handling live poultry:
1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water (or use a hand sanitizer) after touching the animals or areas of containment.
2. Avoid having children younger than five, elderly persons, or individuals with weak immune systems handle the live poultry.
3. Keep all animal housing and water containers outside of the home.
4. Do not eat, drink, or touch your mouth while in the area where the live birds roam.
The CDC is truly an excellent resource for advice about owning backyard poultry flocks from mail-order hatcheries or local feed stores.
Most of us love fresh eggs, and the feathered cuties are fun to watch and witness. But-- be careful, cleanliness is a necessity.