It's a long story, but we purchased our same dream solar home twice. When we bought it back, it came with 9 free range hens, about one year old and lovingly raised and handled often by 3 girls. I held them the first week, and got a terrible case of posion ivy, because they walk through it. I ended up on steroids, which is not a good thing because I have Lyme disease, Bartonella infection and an immune deficiency. Today the trending news is that the CDC reported many cases of Salmonella infection in people with backyard chickens. I'm certain the story is overblown, and as a nurse I'm diligent about using gloves and handwashing after cleaning the coop and handling eggs. We've had bountiful rain, and haven't been able to clean out their 12x20 kennel run. It's not puddling, but is malodorus. We've laid pine chips on top, but what else can we do for the odor? Part of me wants to continue to hold them, but my fear of posion ivy and now Salmonella is getting in the way. I want to plant a garden, but wonder if the composted dropping will be too rich in nitrogen for the vegetables. This newbie thanks you. PS. I don't even know what kind of chickens we have. Three are white, two are cinnamon, two are brown and one is black and white.