Can Chickens Make You Sick?

Can Chickens Make You Sick?
By Don Schrider, West Virginia Backyard chicken keeping is at an all-time high. Many people add hens as a part of producing their own food. The chickens can provide free labor in the garden, free fertilizer, and they can provide fresh eggs and meat for the family. Chickens are really the easiest livestock to add to your homestead – they are the gateway livestock. But should you be worried about chickens getting you sick? The Concern Between March and May of 2012, a total of 123 people became infected with strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Lille.  Of those people, 57 reported having some contact with chicks or ducklings. Four of these people reported purchasing chicks from one hatchery. In 2014 the Center for Disease Control again announced an outbreak of Salmonella Infantis and Salmonella Newport that they linked to live poultry. Of the 363 cases, 174 reported contact with live poultry the week before becoming

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