Backyard Eggs Aren’t Always A Safer Alternative

If you’re like most people, you probably get your eggs from the supermarket or your local grocery store. If you grow your own eggs however (or get yours from someone who does), you may be at a high risk of contracting salmonella.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), as more and more individuals are keeping chickens and ducks as pets, salmonella cases are becoming increasingly common. According to the New York Times, over 961 people this year have contracted salmonella from backyard birds. Roughly one million cases of salmonella are contracted in the U.S annually.

Salmonella is typically contracted by eating undercooked foods and eggs, but unclean conditions like unwashed chicken coops and equipment can cause the disease to spread into your home. This means that if you raise your own birds, you should take appropriate precautions.

Most people who raise their own chickens for eggs are doing so for health reasons, but if you don’t raise these birds properly, backyard raised eggs are much more dangerous than conventionally sourced ones. With this being said, don’t be discouraged from raising your own chickens. After all, 100s of thousands of people who don’t own chickens still get salmonella. As long as you’re washing your eggs properly, keeping your equipment clean, and taking common sense precautions, you should be fine. Always be sure to wash your hands and clothes thoroughly, clean the chicken coops carefully, and keep the chickens in the back yard and out of the house.