Utah State University Extension
With an increase in backyard poultry raising, and even keeping poultry as pets, it is necessary to keep in mind proper health concerns in handling baby poultry. Chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, peafowl, and game birds can harbor and transmit certain agents that might infect people. This fact sheet will review practices that will help minimize the chance for disease transmission between you and your poultry.
Frame, David D. and Rood, Kerry A., "Handling Baby Poultry" (2010). All Current Publications. Paper 1315.