I have recently discovered rats in the hen house, which has me doing research on salmonella. If my chickens are infected with it, are the eggs infected? I have read that it's very rare for a chicken to pass it to the egg, but then I've also read that they can pass it on to their chicks. Do I need to worry about the eggs? I have read a lot of stories where people have rat and mouse problems, but not one story where they had to get rid of the flock. Fortunately, I'm having great success trapping them. I put out several traps and I catch one in each trap every time. Once I am no longer catching them, I'm going to spray out the coop with a bleach solution.