Huddled in their coop, these chickens were being raised for their eggs in a privately-owned pen. In this particular view, male and female birds were all grouped together. Eggs from these chickens were collected each morning to be used as food by their owners. It's common for chickens, ducks, and other poultry to carry Salmonella bacteria, which is a type of germ that naturally lives in the intestines of poultry, and many other animals, and is shed in their droppings or feces. Even organically fed poultry can carry Salmonella organisms. While it usually doesn't make the birds sick, these bacteria can cause serious illness when it is passed to people.