Frequently Asked Questions
Below are links to several brochures from various organizations which provide information on Salmonella, food handling, and biosecurity:
- Salmonella Brochure from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia.
Spanish version of this brochure.
This brochure describes how to limit the risk of Salmonella to you and your family.
- Protecting Your Family from Salmonella, from the Iowa Department of Public Health.
This brochure gives information on how to protect your family's health if you are in contact with live poultry.
- USDA: Be Food Safe
This brochure gives guidelines for safe handling and cooking of foods.
- USDA: Backyard Biosecurity Practices to Keep Your Birds Healthy
This brochure provides information on protecting your flock from disease.
McMurray Hatchery has always and will continue to work diligently to produce the healthiest chicks possible. We test for Salmonella along with many other diseases, and there has not been an issue with our parent stock or the chicks we send to you.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) implemented a new Salmonella Monitoring Program early this year. This program includes vaccination and testing for Salmonella. McMurray Hatchery has already vaccinated our parent stock and has increased our testing and monitoring.
The best way to control any poultry disease is proper management of your flock. Here are some key items to keep in mind:
- Educate. Educate yourself and your family about raising poultry. There are many excellent books available. We recommend Guide to Raising Chickens or The Chicken Health Handbook by Gail Damerow. You may also want to contact your local Extension Office to find out what classes and materials they have available. Friends and family who have raised chicken for many years can also be an excellent source of help and information.
- Clean. Keep your pens, equipment, coops, and chicken yards clean and disinfected. Make sure waterers and feeders are clean and filled with fresh water and feed at all times. We carry several disinfectants that you can use for cleaning coops, pens, and equipment: Virocid, Tek-Trol, and Quat-a-mone.
- Protect. Keep your birds away from wild birds, rodents, and other animals that can carry germs and diseases. Diseases can be carried into your coop accidentally. Wash and disinfect footwear, tools, equipment, and other items before entering your coop. Keep new birds separated (quarantined) for at least 30 days before introducing them into your flock.
- Watch. Keep an eye on your flock. Isolate and treat sick birds right away.
When keeping your own poultry, the responsibility falls on you to keep your birds healthy and happy. You can trust us to do our part, supplying you with healthy chicks.
What better way to know your food is safe than to raise or grow it yourself?