Salmonella

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bree47, May 4, 2016.

  1. Bree47

    Bree47 New Egg

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    So I got some chicks about 5 weeks ago and my 3 month old tested positive for it and now that he's better and I have confirmed it was the chicks how do I treat them and/or their coop/lot?
     
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bleach the coop and keep them out of it, and make sure hands are thoroughly washed after contact with the birds, if they are kept clean and you wash your hands often it shouldn't happen.
     
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Has your doctor given advice about preventing it from happening again? Children do need to have hands washed well before and after visiting chickens. For young children their parents should help them. Also no kissing the chicks.
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. abqferreira

    abqferreira Out Of The Brooder

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    Be aware that Salmonella can also be spread through contaminated objects. I would be careful about getting your clothes dirty in the coop and then picking up your toddler, or bringing in items from the coop and setting them down in the kitchen (refilling water bottles or taking out containers of compost to the coop and then putting them in the sink). I have seen cases where the parent never gets sick, but brings Salmonella home to their toddlers (http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/2011/lab-exposure-1-17-2012.html). I agree with other posters about good hand washing and not letting your little one have direct contact with the coop or chickens. Also, wash your hands well before preparing or serving food.

    I think it is good to assume your chickens always have Salmonella and maintain good hygiene.
     
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  7. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    X2 This is the best advice.

    There is nothing you can do to "cure" your flock of Salmonella. We should all practice good hand washing and be aware that anything that contacts chicken poop should not be around a young child.

    But, all commercial poultry have Salmonella in the USA and that's why all products carry the safe handling warnings.
     

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