Backyard chickens: The scoop on the coop

With the farm-to-fork movement growing in popularity, more and more chicken farms are popping up. (September 7, 2016)

The farm-to-fork movement is growing in popularity across the Sacramento region and suburban homeowners are joining in.

Small chicken farms are popping up in backyards all over the valley. There are so many backyard chickens that counties like El Dorado, Placer and Sacramento have created ordinances due to health concerns.

Chickens can carry harmful germs like salmonella. The Center for Disease Control reports that in 45 states from January to June, more than 600 people were infected with salmonella. All were linked to backyard poultry.

The CDC's numbers don't seem to be effecting business at the Poultry Palace.

"We like to joke its Black Friday when chickens are available," said Poultry Palace manager Nicki Kimbrough. "We are the one stop chicken shop."

During any given hatch the Poultry Palace sells 500 birds and hoards of organic eggs. 

Chickens have proven to add a number of benefit to your yard but The CDC says 32 percent of people who got sick from salmonella were children under 5. 

The Poultry Palace says they have had hundreds of customers and  The CDC's salmonella numbers are small in comparison to the number of chicken farms around the world.

Copyright 2016 KXTV


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