Salmonella Safety

Don’t Play Chicken With Your Health!
Protect yourself and your family from Salmonella and bacteria by following the simple steps below!

What is Salmonella?

Salmonella bacteria are carried in the intestinal tract of most poultry species.  The bacteria does not always cause illness in birds, but can cause serious illness in people.

Where does Salmonella come from?

Salmonella infections can happen as a result of contact with animals or contaminated food.  Chicks, ducklings, and other poultry carry the bacteria in their droppings and on their bodies, even if they appear to be healthy and clean.

What can I do to protect myself and my family?

A few simple safe-handling practices is all it takes to make sure you, your family, and your flock stay healthy and happy!

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap after touching live poultry or anything that is associated with your flock
  • Children under 5, people with weakened immune systems, and the elderly should not handle or touch chicks, ducklings, or other live poultry.
  • Live poultry should never enter your house, especially bathrooms or living areas where food and drink is served, stored, or prepared.  This includes outdoor areas as well.
  • Live poultry should never be snuggled, kissed, or held by the mouth.  Do not eat or drink around live poultry.
  • Thoroughly clean any equipment used to care for live poultry outside.  Set aside a pair of shoes or boots to wear while taking care of poultry and keep them outside.

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: USDA Healthy Birds Guide

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