If you dream of living the good life, you may be thinking about keeping chickens. Keeping chickens may seem like an idyll of rural life, but there are risks involved. If you come into contact with chickens at work, or you’re desperate to expand your pet collection at home, here are some dangers of keeping chickens to be wary of and some tips to help you prevent accidents at work and injuries at home.
Dangers of keeping chickens
Chickens may seem like docile creatures, but they can be aggressive, especially if they feel threatened. A hen or cockerel won’t think twice about giving you a quick peck or chasing you around the yard if they’re worried that you may harm them.
One of the main dangers of keeping chickens is salmonella. Many live poultry carry salmonella, a strain of bacterium which causes severe stomach upset. Germs can spread through contact with the birds themselves, as well as their droppings and other things that come into contact with them, such as food bowls.
If you are worried about the dangers of keeping chickens, bear these tips in mind:
- Always wear gloves when entering the chicken coop, cleaning out the chickens or handling the birds
- Clean out coops on a regular basis
- Always wash your hands properly after tending to your chickens
- Keep chickens in the garden, rather than in your home
- Make sure children are supervised at all times
You can also reduce your risk of developing salmonella by ensuring that eggs are cooked properly.
You wouldn’t necessarily associate injuries with raising chickens, but there are dangers of keeping chickens. In most cases, there’s nothing to worry about, but it’s always best to take safety pointers on board.
When is it possible to claim compensation?
If you work with animals, you may well be aware of the dangers of keeping chickens and other animals. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re immune from work-related illness and work accidents.
If you work with animals on a daily basis, there should be safety measures in place to minimise the risk of work injuries. If you’ve been injured at work and you believe that suitable measures were not in place, you may wish to consider claiming work accident compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to discuss the details of your work injury claim with one of our helpful advisors.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice