Huddled in a corner of their coop, these chickens were being raised for their eggs, in a privately-owned pen. In this particular view there were seven males, and three female birds visible. Eggs from these chickens were collected each morning to be used as food by their owners. An increasing number of people around the country are choosing to keep live poultry, such as chickens or ducks, as part of a greener, healthier lifestyle. While you enjoy the benefits of backyard chickens and other poultry, it is important to consider the risk of illness, especially for children, which can result from handling live poultry, or anything in the area where they live and roam.