The Keeping of Animals and Fowl
(Town of Foxborough Board of Health)



Information for Horse Owners...Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) assist landowners with horses in simple practices that can help prevent the contamination of local water supplies.
Information for Poultry Owners...Raising chickens?  Did you know there is a danger of being exposed to Salmonella infections during your daily care and contact with them.  
Be Safe Around Backyard Poultry...
(The following are CDC recommendations)
**Always wash your hands with soap and water right after touching backyard poultry, their eggs, or anything in the area where they live and roam.
**Adults should supervise handwashing by young children.
**Children younger than 5 years of age shouldn’t handle or touch chicks, ducklings, or other poultry. Young children are more likely to get sick from germs like Salmonella.
**Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available.
**Don’t kiss backyard poultry or snuggle them and then touch your face or mouth.
**Don’t let backyard poultry inside the house, especially in areas where food or drink is prepared, served, or stored.
**Set aside a pair of shoes to wear while taking care of poultry and keep those shoes outside of the house.
**Don’t eat or drink where poultry live or roam.
**Stay outdoors when cleaning any equipment or materials used to raise or care for poultry, such as cages and containers for feed or water.
**Collect eggs often. Eggs that sit in the nest can become dirty or break.
**Throw away cracked eggs. Germs on the shell can more easily enter the egg though a cracked shell.
**Eggs with dirt and debris can be cleaned carefully with fine sandpaper, a brush, or a cloth.
**Don’t wash warm, fresh eggs because colder water can pull germs into the egg.
**Refrigerate eggs after collection to maintain freshness and slow germ growth.
**Cook eggs until both the yolk and white are firm. Egg dishes should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C) or hotter. Raw and undercooked eggs may contain Salmonella bacteria that can make you sick.

For more information on backyard chicken safety, visit CDC's Healthy Pets, Healthy People  website.  This site includes all the safe facts above and also has a very interesting FAQ section as well!
Salmonella Outbreak linked to Backyard Poultry...Another Salmonella outbreak - May 2021! Facts about the Outbreak... --Cases have been found in Massachusetts
--163 illnesses have been reported nationwide, with 34 hospitalizations (as of May 20, 2021)(View the CDC recommendations above to keep your family safe!)

Information for Reptile/Amphibian Owners...
Calling all reptile and amphibian pet owners!!!  The CDC warns of the dangers in Salmonella infections associated with the care of these pets.  Click here to learn best practices.

Emergency Preparedness - How to Plan/What to Think About...Do you have a plan for your pets and animals during an emergency? Click here to get prepared.

Petting zoo guidelines...Click here
Consumer Safety Poster - Handwashing After Animal Exhibits Encounters


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