Safe Handling

It is important to care for your poultry, but you must also protect yourself. Salmonella, a common cause of food borne illness, can be spread by direct contact with animals that carry the bacteria. More information can be found on the CDC’s website, please Click Here.

Some safe handling tips are:

  • Avoid contact with poultry manure. Adults should clean cages frequently.
  • Carefully and thoroughly wash hands with soap and warm water after handling anything in the chicks environment.
  • Do NOT nuzzle or kiss your chicks, ducklings, turkeys, etc.
  • Keep poultry outside, and especially out of areas where food is prepared.
  • Supervise children when handling poultry, and ensure they wash their hands after contact. Children under 5 years of age and people with weakened immune systems should not handle poultry.
  • We have regularly tested for Avian Influenza (A I) since 2000 and the results have always been negative.