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Salmonella

by | Jul 7, 2020 | Meyer Moment

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about Salmonella!

With your new chicks arriving it is hard to resist cuddling with them, but did you know, improper poultry handling, can lead to a Salmonella infection? The CDC and public health officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Hadar infections linked to contact with backyard poultry such as chicks and ducklings. 

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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings. 

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about Salmonella! With your new chicks arriving it is hard to resist cuddling with them, but did you know, improper poultry handling, can lead to a Salmonella infection? The CDC and public health officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Hadar infections linked to contact with backyard poultry such as chicks and ducklings.  

The CDC reports, that for every person with a Salmonella illness confirmed, by a laboratory test, there are about 30 more people with a Salmonella illness not reported. You can contract Salmonella from touching backyard poultry or their environment. Birds can carry the bacteria even if they look healthy and clean. 

For children under 5, older adults, people with immune systems weakened from diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease or cancer, a case of Salmonella can be very dangerous.

This bacteria thrives in warmer conditions and can be spread from animals to people and from people to people. Your best defense against contracting Salmonella is good biosecurity. 

Be sure to thoroughly wash your hands after handling poultry, eggs or cleaning the coop. It’s important to monitor young children when handling poultry to keep birds away from their face and mouth. Keep those with weak immune systems away from your coop and run, and never eat or drink around high-risk animals or in their habitats. 

It’s also important to keep your poultry areas clean by regularly changing bedding and disinfecting feeders and waterers. 

You can limit your exposure by sourcing your birds from hatcheries that participate in the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP). Meyer Hatchery participates in NPIP including the U.S. Salmonella Monitored Program. 

While backyard poultry is certainly enjoyable, it’s also important to keep you and your family safe by properly handling birds. We hope these tips help new poultry owners in keeping you and your flock healthy and safe.  And that’s your weekly Moment with Meyer. 

Enjoy the rest of your week and as always thank you for listening! 

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Kendra + Jeff
From Meyer Hatchery

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