Hi, recently i have been in hospital for 2 months and had to hire help with my chickens. Upon returning home i found the hired help wasn't tending to my feathered friends very well! He hadnt been cleaning or locking the feed away! Which has attracted rats, not just one... I have 'dealt' with around 15 rats so far of which 7 where very large, bigger than my hens that are a small breed im lead to believe they are Belgian D'anvers? I will post photos tomorrow. Now my concern is that these rats may have given my chickens salmonella and or other bacteria or diseases, i did before my hospital stay eat my chicken eggs on a daily basis and now i refuse to eat them until i find out for sure if they are safe or not. 1 question i have is how long does salmonella live in the chicken poop? I am going to take a faecal sample to a laboratory for testing but i dont want to spend £159 without knowing if the salmonella will still be alive/detectable on the poop? Iv read that on hard surfaces and fabric salmonella only lives for 1-4 hours and by the time i get my sample to the laboratory it will be around 12+ hours old, so does anyone know if salmonella lives longer in chicken poop and can be detected or will i be wasting my money by the time the sample arrives at the laboratory? My hens poop looked normal before my hospital stay, i cleaned them on a weekly basis and fed them lots of fruit, veg,seeds and premium laying pellets. All feed had always been locked away but my hired help left it open for rats and other pests to help them selves to. i found alot of large rat poop in the stored feed which has now been discarded but i know the hired help had been feeding them it with the rat poop in. Now my chickens have watery, greenish sometimes yellowish and sometimes foamy poops. I fear this is caused by bacteria due to the lack of care from my hired help. I also noticed upon return home that there was 100s of large and tiny rat poops all over the coop! Can any one help me please.