Safe Handling of Baby Poultry

After you touch ducklings or chicks, wash your hands so you don’t get sick!

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  • Contact with live poultry (chicks, chickens, ducklings, ducks, geese, and turkeys) can be a source of human Salmonella infections.

  • Salmonella germs can cause a diarrheal illness in people that can be mild, severe, or even life threatening.

  • Chicks, ducklings, and other live poultry can carry Salmonella germs and still appear healthy and clean.

  • Salmonella germs are shed in their droppings and can easily contaminate their bodies and anything in areas where birds live and roam.

Protect Yourself and Your Family from Germs

DO:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam.

  • Adults should supervise hand washing for young children.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer until you are able to wash your¬†hands thoroughly with soap and water.

  • Clean any equipment or materials associated with raising or caring for live poultry outside the house, such as cages or feed or water containers.

DON’T:

  • Don’t let children younger than 5 years of age, elderly persons, or people with weak immune systems handle or touch chicks, ducklings, or other live poultry.

  • Don’t let live poultry inside the house, in bathrooms, or especially in areas where food or drink is prepared, served, or stored, such as kitchens, or outdoor patios.

  • Don’t snuggle or kiss the birds, touch your mouth, or eat or drink around live poultry.

*For more information, call 1-800-CDC-INFO or visit www.cdc.gov

Protect your birds!

Keep your new birds separate from the rest of your flock for 30 days to minimize disease.

For more tips to help keep your birds healthy:

http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov

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