Owning backyard chickens and other poultry has become more popular over the years and it can be a great experience. Many owners enjoy the educational opportunity for family and friends as well as having fresh eggs for cooking and eating. But, be aware that these livestock carry germs and can cause people to get sick. Children and other groups of people have a greater chance of illness from handling live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam. Even handling baby birds displayed at stores can cause a Salmonella infection. The CDC provides information on how to reduce Salmonella infection with tips for handling eggs safely as well as how to prepare and care for for backyard poultry. Posters are also available to print and post on social media to bring awareness to your community.