How to raise chickens for dummies

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 can be good pets, help relieve stress and are comparatively easy to keep. Whether you opt to raise chickens as pets or a food source, please be advised that certain issues should be thought about.

In addition to the fact that lots of 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 bacterias that can lead to illness to you and your family. Baby peeps are more liable to spread these germs and cause sickness than a grown-up bird.

If you purchase chicks via catalog, they're often shipped several times before they reach their new home. The process of shipping chickens can lead to stress on the birds and make them more likely to spread bacterias in their droppings. The chance of infection from said droppings is higher for children, the elderly and people with weaker immune systems.

Salmonella is one of the most important bacterias you ought to be mindful of.

As Ben Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". You should look at carrying out the following safeguards while improving your chickens at home:

* Baby peeps and adult chickens ought to be kept far from people with weak immune systems. Those include, but are not limited to, seniors, pregnant women, people with diabetes, and people receiving chemotherapy.

* Err on the side of caution in households with children less than 5 years of age.

* Supervise the hand washing of all children that handle peeps or chickens. Ensure they wash their hands afterward, as children less than 5 years of age have a propensity to put things in their mouths, contaminated or not. Be certain 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 children.

* 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 should not be kept near food preparation areas.

* Do not wash anything from the chicken coop, such as feeders or water pails, in the kitchen.

* Free-range chickens should not be allowed to roam freely around the house. They ought to still be kept in a fenced-in area designated for their use.

* Clean the area where chickens are kept OFTEN.

* Seek medical assistance if you experience unexplained abdominal pain, fever or diarrhea.

Maintaining sanitary conditions will go quite some distance in lessening the risk of spreading germs and is, in my estimation, one of the most important safeguards you can implement in the raising of your small flock.

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