This image depicts a grouping of chickens inside their coop, which were being raised for their eggs in a privately-owned backyard pen. In this particular view, male and female birds were all perched together high above the rest of the penned flock, gathered on a tree branch near the coop's roof. 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.