Backyard poultry production: What you need to know


Keeping chickens and other poultry has grown in popularity in Colorado, and not just in rural areas. But there is a lot you need to know to keep yourself, your family and your poultry flock safe from disease.

The following information was written by Martha Sullins, Front Range regional Extension specialist with Colorado State University Extension and was published in the Sustainable Small Acreage Spring 2015 newsletter.

Protect yourself

Baby and adult poultry can carry salmonella, E. coli and other bacteria and parasites. Even if they don’t appear to be sick, they can still spread their germs. Holding, cuddling or kissing the birds can infect people, as can touching their bedding, droppings and feed or water bowls. Salmonella can make people sick with diarrhea, vomiting, fever and/or abdominal cramps.

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