This article explains why we have focused heavily on backyard chicken trends. The growth of raising backyard chickens in U.S. cities and suburbs brings a soaring number of illnesses from poultry-related diseases, some of them fatal.
Since January, more than 1,100 people have contracted salmonella poisoning from chickens and ducks in 48 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Almost 250 were hospitalized and one person died. The toll was four times higher than in 2015.
Source: Associated Press, October 19, 2017.
A “large contributing factor” to the surge, CDC veterinarian Megin Nichols said, comes from natural food fanciers who have taken up the backyard chicken hobby but don’t understand the potential dangers. Some treat their birds like pets, kissing or snuggling them and letting them walk around the house.
INSIGHTS: The convention season is approaching. Consider creating training sessions to support the urban poultry enthusiast. Work with your distribution representatives to obtain resources on poultry, as well.
Also see: Animal Health Digest, August 29, 2017