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Backyard poultry

The latest news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is that 279 people from 41 states have become ill from Salmonella after touching poultry or their environment. Forty of those people had to be hospitalized, and about a third of those who became ill are children less than 5 years old.

I know a lot of people who have chickens or ducks so I’m going to post this advice from the CDC on how to avoid becoming ill.

• Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching poultry or anything in their environment. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not immediately available.

• Do not let backyard poultry inside the house, including in bathrooms. Be especially careful to keep them out of areas where food or drink is prepared, served, or stored, such as kitchens and outdoor patios.

• Set aside a pair of shoes to wear while taking care of your birds and keep those outside of your home.

• Children younger than 5, adults over 65, and people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body’s ability to fight germs and sickness shouldn’t handle or touch chicks, ducklings, or other poultry.

• Don’t eat or drink where poultry live or roam.

• Don’t kiss backyard poultry, or snuggle them and then touch your face or mouth.

• Stay outdoors when cleaning any equipment or materials used to raise or care for poultry, such as cages, or feed or water containers.

When I was living in North Dakota, our neighbors had chickens and their daughter, who was about 6 or 7, really loved those chickens. One day she came over to our house and her face was covered in a red nasty rash. Turns out she was rubbing her face on the chickens who had been in a poison ivy patch. The struggle is real folks.

Also, you will all be pleased to know that the Indiana Sheriff’s Office has arrested one of three men who were accused of animal abuse at Fair Oaks Farms in northern Indiana. There are warrants out for the other two men.

But now a California man is suing fairlife milk because the label says that farmers who supply the milk said they provide “extraordinary animal care.”

And, animal activists took video on another Fair Oaks farm showing cows being milked after apparently giving birth.

This saga isn’t over yet. ❖

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