If you’ve decided to join the thousands of American enjoying fresh eggs from a backyard chicken flock, you’re probably getting some nutritional benefit from the free roaming hens. Unfortunately, you need to make sure you’re not also getting Salmonella! 21 states have reported cases of Salmonella caught from pet chickens and purchased from stores, websites, and hatcheries. The last outbreak saw Salmonella spread to backyard flocks in 44 states. If you’re enjoying fresh eggs from your or your neighbor’s backyard birds, make sure you’re taking precautions, including supporting your immune system with colloidal silver.
CDC recommendations can be summarized as hand-washing, and separation. Don’t kiss or hug birds, and keep them, their things, and the shoes you wear to tend to them separate from anywhere you have your own food or like to eat.
People with weakened immune systems are at an increased risk of getting Salmonella, with children under 5 making up 28% of the current reported cases.
Symptoms of Salmonella are like severe food poisoning: nausea, stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, and muscle pains. People who are otherwise healthy can stay home and treat it like any other food poisoning symptoms—rest, and stay hydrated. People with other problems, like existing GI issues, a weakened immune system from age or another chronic illness, etc., may need an IV to stay hydrated, as well as additional nutrition and support.
So in addition to following safe handling of backyard chicks, be sure to support your own health by following the basics; you can also use colloidal silver to support not just your immune system, but a drop in the water bowl can support the immune system of your pets!