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Information about Salmonella (June 2011)
We have received inquiries about the recent Salmonella recall in the egg industry. To address some of the concerns we have attached 3 brochures:
- “Protecting Your Family from Salmonella” produced by the Iowa Department of Public Health gives information on protecting your family’s health if you are in contact with live poultry.
- “Be Food Safe” produced by the UDSA gives you guidelines when handling and cooking all type of food.
- “Backyard Biosecurity Practices To Keep Your Birds Healthy” also produced by the USDA has information to help you protect your flock.
The USDA’s National Poultry Improvement Plan will be implementing a new Salmonella Monitoring Program this coming year. This program will include vaccination and testing for Salmonella. McMurray Hatchery has already vaccinated our parent stock and will increase our testing and monitoring for the upcoming year.
The best way to control any poultry disease is proper management of your flock. Here are some key items to keep in mind:
- EDUCATE: Educate yourself and your family about raising poultry. There are many excellent books available. We recommend Guide to Raising Chickens or The Chicken Health Handbook by Gail Damerow. You might also want to contact your local Extension Office to find out what classes or materials they have available. Friends and family who have raised chicken for many years can also be excellent source of help and information.
- CLEAN: Keep your pens, equipment, coops, and chicken yards clean and disinfected. Make sure waterers and feeders are clean and filled with fresh water and feed at all times. Never clean poultry supplies in areas used for food preparation, storage, or cleanup.
- PROTECT: Keep your birds away from wild birds, rodents and other animals that can carry germs and diseases. Diseases can be carried into your coop accidentally. Wash and disinfect footwear, tools, equipment, and other items before entering your coop. Keep new birds separated for at least 30 days before introducing them into your flock.
- WATCH: Keep an eye on your flock. Isolate and treat sick birds right away.
When keeping your own poultry the responsibility falls on you to keep your birds healthy and happy. You can trust us to do our part, supplying you with healthy chicks.
What better way to know your food is safe than to raise or grow it yourself?