The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia recently asked us to distribute a brochure about Salmonella and handling of chicks and ducklings. We are glad to do this as a public service to all of our customers. If you follow the suggestions within this brochure you will limit the risk to you and your family:
- Salmonella Brochure (produced by the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia). This brochure is also available in Spanish.
Several other useful brochures regarding Salmonella, food handling, and biosecurity are listed below:
- “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.
- “USDA: Be Food Safe” (produced by the USDA) — gives you guidelines when handling and cooking all type of food.
- “Backyard Biosecurity Practices To Keep Your Birds Healthy” (produced by the USDA) — has information to help you protect your flock.
McMurray Hatchery has always and will continue to work diligently to produce the healthiest chicks possible. We test for Salmonella along with many other diseases, and there has not been an issue within our parent stock or the chicks we send to you.
The U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) implemented a new Salmonella Monitoring Program early this year. This program includes vaccination and testing for Salmonella. McMurray Hatchery has already vaccinated our parent stock and has increased our testing and monitoring.
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 may also want to contact your local Extension Office to find out what classes and materials they have available. Friends and family who have raised chicken for many years can also be an 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. We carry several disinfectants that you can use for this purpose: Virocid, Tek-Trol, and Quat-a-mone.
- 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 (quarantined) 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?