Backyard poultry raising can be a healthy and safe hobby for your family. However, there are some risks involved, especially the risk of salmonella. This bacterial infection is transmitted to people through eggs, which can cause symptoms such as fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. The infection isn’t dangerous for healthy people, but it can be serious for those under five years of age, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. That’s why it’s important to wash your hands after touching poultry.