Michael S. Almony Offers Hygiene Tips for Backyard Chicken Owners
A recent salmonella scare issued by the CDC has many backyard chicken owners concerned over the health of themselves and their poultry. As an expert on the subject, Michael S. Almony notes that with proper precautions people can safely raise chickens
Hunt Valley, Maryland (I-Newswire) September 10, 2012 - Although many individuals may prefer to purchase their eggs at their local grocery store, rising trends in organic, local farming have led to an increase in raising poultry in one’s own backyard. As an expert and advocate of the practice, Michael S. Almony explains that raising chickens offers a myriad of benefits, including fresh eggs. However, a recent article from The Chicago Tribune highlights a recent health scare as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The article states that the organization issued a warning this summer “after 37 cases of salmonella in 11 states…were traced to chicks bought from a mail-order hatchery in Idaho.” While salmonella can be particularly threatening to one’s health, Michael S. Almony responds by noting that with proper hygiene, poultry hobbyists can avoid such risks.
The article notes that children are more prone to developing adverse effects caused by salmonella poisoning, and that those who raise chickens and have children should be extremely cautious. Michael S. Almony adds, “It can be difficult to keep a child safe when handling your chickens, due to the expansive curiosity that children display. However, chicken owners can still offer a fun, educational experience if they make sure that they are with their children at all times while handling the chickens. Be certain to explain to the child about the risks of handling chickens, and that they must always wash their hands with warm water and soap after doing so.”
As the article suggests, everyone should follow these guidelines when handling poultry, as it is almost impossible to detect the presence of salmonella with the bare eye. Dr. Casey Barton Behravesh, a veterinary epidemiologist for the CDC, explains, “A perfectly healthy chicken can shed salmonella bacteria. People know to wash their hands after they handle raw chicken from the grocery store, but forget that live chickens can carry salmonella germs too.”
Despite these risks, Michael S. Almony remains a proponent of the practice and comments, “All pets and animals pose certain risks to human health, but the most important thing is to remain educated about proper handling so that one can fully enjoy the benefits that animals, such as chickens, can provide.”
While the article notes that most people can recover from salmonella poisoning without treatment in approximately four days, Michael S. Almony encourages anyone displaying symptoms to immediately contact their healthcare provider. In addition, Almony states that it is essential for all backyard chicken enthusiasts to investigate and adhere to local regulations regarding poultry raising practices.
Michael S. Almony is the author of Hen Houses, a book on how to properly care for backyard chickens. Almony has raised backyard chickens since he was eight and coached other individuals on how to legally raise their own hens. Almony is a New York Times best-selling author and a culinary expert.
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