I am a young chicken owner and have been looking forward to getting more chicks in the spring for weeks. We are getting them from a local hatchery, a few towns away. My dad just showed me an article on how salmonella outbreaks are increasing because of day-old, mail-order chicks. I was thinking: "Gee, thanks Dad! Now I can be a paranoid maniac over this when we get them. IF we get them, now!" Here's the article: http://www.webmd.com/news/20090122/baby-chicks-crawling-with-salmonella I know there isn't a super risk because we are getting our chicks from a local farm, but I still need some talking down. Also, what can I do (without going crazy about it) to prevent any of this from happening? Any calming down would be appreciated.