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The CDC announced this week that they are investigating a multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Reading infections linked to raw turkey products. There are 90 confirmed human cases of illness, and 40 of those have been hospitalized. People are sick in 26 states. Confirmed outbreak Illnesses started on dates from November 20, 2017, to June 29, […]Read more »
I am the granddaughter of a poultry farmer. As a child, I grew up chasing ducks, feeding chickens, collecting eggs, and keeping away from the geese (mean little buggers they were). This also means that I learned a thing or two on bird keeping. Rather, how birds can make us humans sick if we are […]Read more »
Salmonella is most often contracted from un-cooked or under-cooked eggs and raw chicken. Most often contracted by chickens who come in contact with feces from infected rodents, the bacteria can then be transmitted to humans who eat improperly cooked meat or eggs or who put their hands in their mouth after touching chickens or eggs. […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Photos by author The first of May I purchased three adorable chicks from our local hatchery in Springfield, Mo., Estes Hatchery. I chose this hatchery partly because of the variety of birds they had to choose from and the fact that they had a good success rate in sexing chicks. (I’d rather […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Photos by author We gather a lot of eggs around here. We have 42 hens, and on a good day, it’s not out of the question to collect 42 eggs, but for the most part, our daily average is around 26. This number changes depending on many factors, including the number of […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell Let me start by saying, we don’t live in a farming community. Our neighbors don’t have chickens. Our neighbor’s neighbors don’t have chickens. You don’t often hear the sound of a rooster crowing miles away. There are no roosters. We’re the odd ones. So forgive me if I sound as though I’m […]Read more »
by Rachel Hurd Anger In preparation of our Thanksgiving dinner, we went unconventional and roasted chicken. But, not any old chicken. No ma’am. We went local. This last summer, I had the unique opportunity to attend a workshop meant to take those interested in having a hand through every process of a meal from kill […]Read more »
Guest post by Claire Culver My husband and I volunteer with FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program along with Zombie Squad, a nonprofit with a similar mission (but much funnier name and attitude). Both are dedicated to personal safety and disaster preparation/response. I have even become a trainer in the CERT program. However, I […]Read more »