Chickens and other poultry (ducks, geese and turkeys) can carry salmonella and parasites, with a little care you can guard against both.
Regardless if your backyard flock is cooped or free range, feathered friends can carry salmonella and parasites in their droppings, on their feathers, feet and beaks.
These germs can live in cages, coops, feed and water dishes, hay, plants and soil, anywhere poultry live and roam.
After being in contact with poultry, people can become infected with these germs when they put unwashed hands or equipment in or around their month.
There are simply ways to diminish the risk of infections from Salmonella and Parasites.
#1. Always wash your hands with soap and water right after touching live poultry, eggs or anything in their environment. Adults should supervise hand washing by young children. Use hand sanitizer. if soap and water is not readily available.
#2. Do not prepare food, eat or drink around live poultry
#3. Do not kiss, nuzzle, or touch the birds to your mouth
Cleaning the coop, floor, nests and perches on a regular basis will help to keep chickens and eggs clean.
Using OMRI listed Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (FGDE) will keep the cages and coops drier.
Dusting poultry with FGDE or adding it to a dust bath will control external parasites. FGDE added to poultry food and water will kill internal parasites.
Flock caretakers should purchase birds from hatcheries that participate in the USDA voluntary Salmonella Monitoring Program. This program is intended to reduce the incidence of salmonella in baby poultry that come from hatcheries.
For more guidelines visit, gov/features/salmonellapoultry.