Hullo folks, I had chickens before for ten years, and had seen the scare literature re: diseases, but ignored it. This time, however, a friend with the Public Health Dept told me we were having a Salmonella epidemic among baby chicks. I did not have them vaccinated, but I did feed them special treated grain that was sposed to knock out bugs. I do try to change my shoes when I come into my house. So, during all this time, I did watch my hygiene and now am wiping eggs down with hydrogen peroxide and then washing them. Is all this nuts? How much should one warsh an aig? The chickens seem just fine. Although, one is laying her eggs just outside of the coop on the ground. I've never seen that before. The others are still laying about an egg a day, some days off I guess when it is too cold. One day I found six frozen eggs which also has never happened before. I wonder about these chickens...When I got them as chicks, the girl at the store told me that I had to keep them at 95 degrees--and neglected to explain that one must lower that 5 degrees a week. It's only this newsletter that saved them about five weeks in. Poor things. Could they be brain-damaged? I am running a water defroster 24/7 inside their coop and have the floor thickly spread with straw and a bale for them to stand on, too. Whaddaya think?