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    How to Prevent Salmonella when Keeping Chickens

    ArticlePoultry AdviceMonday 07 February 2011
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    Keeping chickens in both rural and urban settings has grown in popularity massively in recent years. Whether people buy chickens for sale as pets, for chicken eggs or for meat, certain measures have to be taken to reduce the risks of a salmonella outbreak. Bacteria can spread quickly in chicken coops through their droppings and there are no symptoms of illness in infected birds. See the following tips to protect your birds and your family.

    Begin by calling your vet so you can inform them that you need protection against salmonella. Depending on individual circumstances you may have to bring your birds to the vet, or they could visit you.

    Whether you are keeping chickens for chicken eggs or other reasons you should have them vaccinated. Age of the birds for this is not really a concern as long as they are not being put into production.

    There are a couple of ways that this vaccination tends to be administered in:
    Spray vaccine of live bacteria that is inhaled by the birds
    Injection of dead bacteria directly into the chicken

    Aside from the vaccination, keeping chickens in the cleanest environment will prevent any risks of salmonella. Take measures to ensure that chicken coops are free from rodents and flies and disinfect their areas regularly. This will prevent you from contracting the disease which can be very serious for certain people.

    Remember, vaccines do not guarantee immunity in your chickens. This means you should make sure that your family are protected by having the best hygienic practices.
     
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