I just wanted everyone to be aware of a current situation. I have been away for a little while because I have been in the hospital with Salmonella poisoning. However, it was found in my blood rather than my digestive track. It caused Pneumonia with permanent Neoplasms and damage to my lungs. The local Health Department informed me that there have been two other reported cases of my strain of Salmonella Montevideo in the area. They said it was from baby chicks and ducks bought in our local farm store. I'm not trying to scare anyone, however I did want everyone to be aware. Our chickens are currently on ATB therapy and then we will have to wait for another 5-7 days before they are cleared. Of course we are not eating any of the eggs that they started laying. Such a sad case that I couldn't even rejoice in my babies finally laying some eggs. As it stands right now, I have a doctor's appt. tomorrow and I will find out when I have to have more blood drawn. 10-14 days post ATB therapy will determine if I still have it in my system. If I do then I will have to have my Gallbladder removed since this is a harboring place for the bacteria. I just wanted to educate everyone. I will try to get some new pictures of the babies as they have grown tremendously this last month. Please make sure that everyone has coop shoes that are only for the coop and plenty of hand sanitizer. Best wishes to all!