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Poultry includes any domesticated bird often kept for producing eggs or meat, such as chickens, ducks, geese, guinea fowl, and turkeys. Learn how to stay safe while handling backyard poultry, eggs, as well as how to supervise children with the birds and avoiding injuries.
Birds Kept as Pets
When choosing a pet bird, you should match a bird's attitude, temperament, size, activity level, and life span with your family, your home, and the amount of time you have to spend with your pet. You will also need to provide a safe, sturdy enclosure or cage for your bird.
Feathered pets like parrots can be fascinating additions to the family. Recent estimates say that over 5 million households in the United States have pet birds. Bird owners should be aware that although their pets might be highly intelligent and fun companions, they can sometimes carry germs that can make people sick.
People with weakened immune systems are more likely than other people to get certain diseases, including those that animals can carry. A weakened immune system can be caused by a genetic condition, an illness such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, or kidney disease; or a treatment such as an organ transplant or radiation therapy. In addition, some medicines can weaken the immune system, including steroids, cancer chemotherapy, and drugs used to treat autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis.