Newcomer to the forum. Please forgive me if this has already been covered. I have kept laying hens almost all my life. Hens run in barn, peck around in cows and mules waste for undigested grain. There are certainly mice, rats and roaches in the barn. I make sure the eggs we eat are fresh and I wash them well, but (until recently) never really worried about the lack of maintaining a sanitary environment for my layers. Now with all the talk about the salmonella thing and the discussion in the papers about the fact that there were insects, manure, and rodents in proximity to the layers and the implications of all that, I am compelled to rethink my rather laid back approach to the subject. I have never gotten sick from a bad egg but I do give eggs to some more elderly people who may have reduced immune capacity. And my daughter is on chemo and has very little immunity presently. I would welcome thoughts on whether I need to get more serious about making sure my hens live in a more sanitary environment. Thanks.