Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Backyard Birds and Disease Prevention


How to prevent the spread of disease from backyard birds

Keeping backyard poultry (chicks, chickens, ducks, ducklings, geese, and turkeys) is becoming more and more popular. People enjoy raising baby chicks and having fresh eggs from their established flocks. Though keeping chickens can be fun and educational, poultry owners should be aware that chickens and other birds used for mean and eggs can carry germs that make people sick.

Germs from these birds can cause a variety of illnesses in people, ranging from minor skin infections to serious illnesses that can cause death. To protect yourself from getting sick, thoroughly wash your hands with running water and soap after contact with birds or their droppings. Although running water and soap are best, if you aren't near a sink you can use alcohol-based hand sanitizer until you can get to a sink to wash your hands thoroughly.

Whether you are thinking about building your first chicken coop or are a seasoned backyard poultry farmer, you need to be aware of the risks of keeping poultry and learn about the simple things that can be done to help protect yourself and your family from illness. Click the tabs above for a list of diseases people can get from birds and information on how to keep yourself and your flock healthy.


For more information visit this CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/pets/farm-animals/backyard-poultry.html







posted: June 26, 2017