Comments On - Keep Backyard Flocks Salmonella-free

Immunizing chickens against salmonella does NOT raise the amount of salmonella in the flock as some here have stated. Immunization triggers the birds' immune systems to kill the salmonella bacteria when the immune system encounters it.

There are many myths about free ranging, organic feed, and many other things preventing diseases such as salmonella and Marek's - but in reality they have no preventive effect whatsoever.

The change in the UK salmonella infection rate is a result of immunization, not free range practices. This article fails to note that in the UK, as in the US, most laying hens have been confined for decades. This is the same fallacious argument that is used to "prove" that raw milk is safer than pasteurized milk.
Nadja, Newark, CA
Posted: 7/22/2014 1:02:34 AM
Good to know
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 7/18/2012 1:45:47 PM
My eggs are cooked with soft yolk otherwise the best nutrients are killed. I think having my own chickens is the best. I love em.
Melinda, Garden Grove, CA
Posted: 9/13/2010 9:33:51 AM
The rule of thumb when raising any birds is that they have salmonella. Their meat and eggs have some level of this pesky bacteria, no matter how careful you are. Vaccinations are available are available but not necessarily recommended or wise. If the bird has little or no of the bacteria and you vaccinate, you just increase the level of salmonella in that birds system. The bird may be immune but the added bacteria is shed in the feces. In case you didn't know, eggs come out of the same hole as the feces.
The issue that occurred in Iowa is the feed the birds ate was contaminated with Rat/Mouse feces. This is a hard problem to avoid as rodents love poultry feed. The salmonella in the feed was passed to the birds and then eventually made its way into/onto the eggs. This extra amount of bacteria (as I said its already there) increased the concentration of bacteria to an infectious dose. If you cook your eggs all the way through, sunny side up, not over easy and not runny you will not have an issue. Why? The heat kills the bacteria. Its the same case as with hamburger meat. It could be worthy of a recall but if you cook it all the way through you will not get sick from it, the bacteria is dead. Whenever someone gets sick from burgers or eggs, it is because someone didn't cook it right. People need to learn to how to cook their food properly and not blame the food producer's for every time they get sick. I'm not agreeing with what the egg farmer's in Iowa did (their animal husbandry efforts give a bad name to farmers) but I don't believe they should be sued by indiviuals b/c they got sick from the eggs. You were eating salmonella up until this point and didn't get sick so quit complaining.
Joe, Letts, IA
Posted: 9/13/2010 6:47:20 AM
ned, ,, RI
Posted: 9/8/2010 11:21:59 PM
g, g, AL
Posted: 9/5/2010 5:37:32 PM
So cary!
Eowyn, Ithilien, ME
Posted: 9/4/2010 11:16:00 PM
Same article as on Hobby Farms. Same comment from me.

How in the world is living in a 12" square cage "better" for the hen? We bought hens from a plant before and their legs were atrophied from lack of use and they never learnt to walk.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 9/3/2010 11:56:19 PM
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