Raising a small flock of chickens at home

Large numbers are now raising a small flock of chickens at home, particularly in rural areas. Recently raising chickens has in a very short space of time become popular in urban areas as well.

Chickens may be good pets, help relieve stress and are almost easy to keep. Whether you choose to raise chickens as pets or a food source, please be advised that certain issues ought to be looked into.

Additionally the fact that a great many urban or industrial areas do not permit chickens to be raised within a city or town limit, keeping chickens can pose a potential health risk.

Any sort of poultry can potentially carry bacteria that can cause illness to you and your family. Baby peeps are more at risk of spread these germs and cause illness than an adult bird.

If you purchase chicks via catalog, they are often shipped several times before they reach their new home. The operation of shipping chickens can cause stress on the birds and make them more likely to spread bacteria in their droppings. The risk of infection from said droppings is higher for kids, the elderly and people with weaker immune systems.

Salmonella is probably one of the most important bacteria you should be conscious of.

As Ben Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. You should think about going through the following precautions while improving your chickens at home:

* Baby peeps and adult chickens ought to be kept faraway from people with weak immune systems. Those include, but are not restricted to, the elderly, pregnant women, people with diabetes, and people receiving chemotherapy.
* Err on the side of caution in households with children less than 5 years old.
* Supervise the hand washing of all children that handle peeps or chickens. Ensure they wash their hands afterward, as children less than 5 years old have a tendency to put things in their mouths, contaminated or not. Be sure they washed their hands adequately.
* Always wash with soap and water after touching anything in the chicken coop. If soap is unavailable, use an alcohol based sanitizer that is approved for kids.
* Wash all chicken-related paraphernalia with hot soapy water or with a mild bleach solution.
* Do not eat or drink around the chicken coop.
* Chickens shouldn’t be kept near preparing food areas.
* Do not wash anything from the chicken coop, such as feeders or water pails, in the kitchen.
* Free-range chickens shouldn’t be allowed to roam freely around the house. They ought to still be retained a fenced-in area designated for their use.
* Clean the area where chickens are kept OFTEN.
* Seek medical assistance if you have unexplained abdominal pain, fever or diarrhea.

Maintaining sanitary conditions will go a long way in lessening the chance of spreading germs and is, in my estimation, one or more of the most important precautions you can implement in the raising of your small flock.

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