Backyard chicks can offer families delicious eggs, but they also come with some health risks. The Vermont Department of Health and the Agency of Agriculture are warning about harmful bacteria like Salmonella, E. coli and bird flu that can easily spread among a flock. “Raising baby poultry like chicks, ducklings and goslings in your backyard can offer many benefits, such as fresh eggs, opportunities to connect with nature, and education for children and families,” said Vermont public health veterinarian Dr. Natalie Kwit. “But it’s very important to take steps to help minimize the spread of diseases.” Officials say certain people are more likely to get severe illness from the bacteria poultry can carry, such as children younger than 5 years old, older adults and people with weakened immune systems.
- Police are trying to determine whether a threat at BFA-Fairfax Wednesday afternoon was a hoax
- Paul L. Downer was charged by the Caledonia County State’s Attorney’s Office