I have chicks that came from Mt. Healthy where recently a salmonella outbreak...
I have chicks that came from Mt. Healthy where recently a salmonella outbreak was publicized. I have older chickens and am worried about putting them together. What precautions should I take to ensure the chicks are healthy and will not infect my other layers?
Preble County Ohio
Live poultry can be carrying Salmonella and appear completely healthy. This includes the older chickens that you already have. Putting the birds together is always risk of spreading the bacteria. One thing you can try doing is feeding both flocks a probiotic to help support the 'good' bacteria in the digestive tract so that they out compete with the 'bad' bacteria such as salmonella.
it is important to follow the safe handling recommendations with regards to the handling of any live birds. The CDC has put together a list of recommended practices that should be followed when handling any of your chickens. Check it out at http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/live-poultry-05-14/advice-consumers.html
The Chicken Whisperer (National Spokesperson for the USDA-APHIS Biosecurity for Birds Program) has had several good podcasts and excellent guests to discuss your exact concerns. I recommend taking the time to listen and make your own, educated decision(s). Seemingly, the two safest choices are to cull or quarantine.