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Welcome to The Happy Chicken Coop!

If you want to keep chickens, or already have chickens of your own, and want to find out more about them you’re in the right place.

We are a group of chicken enthusiasts who have been keeping chickens in our backyards for longer than we care to admit! Here at The Happy Chicken Coop we write about everything you need to know about chickens. From how to build your own chicken coop all the way through to what to do when your chickens first arrive at your home.

The Happy Chicken Coop team have been scratting and digging around to bring you exactly what you need to keep chickens. Including chicken coop plans, designs and DIY guides- it’s all here.

Please feel free to browse through our articles and have fun!

4 Diseases Humans Get from Backyard Chickens: Zoonotic Diseases

4 Diseases Humans Get from Backyard Chickens: Zoonotic Diseases

In our busy lives we have come to depend a lot on the food industry to supply us with tasty, quick meals. The down side of this is the occasional outbreak of food related illnesses. Sadly, we have become almost ‘used’ to hearing about outbreaks of salmonella, listeria, E.coli etc. They have until recently been linked with the large industrial type factories or processing plants. Last year in the US, there were several smaller outbreaks of salmonella among some backyard chicken keepers. Whether the salmonella was from contaminated meat or eggs we don’t know, but I thought this would be a good time to remind everyone that you can get sick from your chickens if you aren’t careful. The word zoonotic means that the bug/disease can be passed from one species to another. The ones we are going to touch on here are the more common diseases associated with chickens:... [Read More]