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    Keeping Chickens: How to Prevent Salmonella

    ArticlePoultry AdviceMonday 07 February 2011
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    For people dwelling in both rural and urban areas, keeping chickens has gained in popularity. Whether you want chickens for sale to keep as pets, for meat or for chicken eggs, you must take certain steps to prevent an outbreak of salmonella. Although chickens infected with salmonella do not display any sickness symptoms, its bacteria can spread easily in chicken coops through their droppings. Protect your birds and your family with the following tips.

    Start by contacting your vet to let them know that you need protection against salmonella. You may have to take your birds to the vet, or they could come to your residence.

    When keeping chickens for chicken eggs or other reasons, get them vaccinated against salmonella. Age should not be a concern if your birds are not being put into production.

    There are a number of ways in which this vaccine can be administered. For instance, the spray vaccine uses live bacteria that are inhaled by the birds. Dead bacteria can be injected directly into the birds too.

    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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