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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rancher hicks, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I wanted to put this here since I didn't know where to put it.

    I'm motivated by an un-named newsletter I receive.

    It noted information on salmonellosis and that one particular, also un-named , hatchery was responsible for illness due to it's chicks and/or ducklings.

    While I'm aware that we may ourselves have this disease in our flocks, I wanted to note the importance of washing our own and childrens hands after handling chicks or chickens. I like to keep a container of clorox or other disinfectant wipes near the brooder so that it's convenient for use when children come to visit and see the "baby chicks".

    I was surprised to see that it was only one hatchery responsible for this out break. Certainly there was more to the article by this reporting agency but I can't type it all up here. Not to mention my arthritis is killing me. [​IMG]

    Take care and be safe.

  2. Thank you for alerting us. Sometimes we need a reminder that there are germs related to our hens. I do wash my hands after handling the hens but sometimes I get lax when I'm rushed. A good tip! [​IMG]
  3. Elphaba2140

    Elphaba2140 Songster

    Mar 20, 2010
    Northern Illinois
    I am a nurse so I always wash my hands anyway but..I have already trained my 3 y/o grandsons that they need to wash hands before and after chicken petting and holding. The older one washed his hands, grabbed a towel (for the chick to sit on) and sat down on the floor and said "I am ready!" He will grow up to be a good Flock Master I am sure.

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