The focus should be first to prevent the entry of SE into the flock, second, to prevent carry-over into the next flock, and third, to reduce the risk of contaminated eggs. The following steps will significantly reduce the risk of Salmonella contamination of the flock and eggs.
- Purchase chicks or pullets from commercial sources like feed stores or hatcheries. The current situation was identified because we conduct enhanced testing for Salmonella, and following the positive test, corrective action was taken so new chicks should be SE free.
- Start and maintain an effective rodent control program.
- Restrict visitors to your farm, especially those who have been on other farms. Have clean boots for visitors so that they don’t track germs onto your farm.
- Remove manure routinely from the bird area.
- Carry out a thorough cleaning and disinfection prior to introduction of a new flock.
- Consult your veterinarian about these and other options to keep your birds healthy.
- Have an “all-in all-out“ policy so that there is no contact between birds from the group going out of lay and the new flock.