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Doing my part during the Salmonella Egg Mess

I know realistically that raising a few chickens for eggs in my backyard (presently in the guest room shower) will not change what happened over the last few weeks with the US Egg Industry.  And, I know that the eggs are not necessarily safer, but I felt I needed to do something other than sue some corporation for poisoning 1,400 people.  Plus, my 11-year-old was bugging me all last week about getting some.


The chicks were not that expensive, nor the feed.  Right now they are housed in an old Hamster cage. However, once the designer coop and the fence are built to keep out raccoons and eagles – well, I do not want to think about how much the eggs will be per dozen.


The CDC and FDA released FDA’s Form 483 reports on Hillandale Farms and Quality Egg LLC (Wright County Egg) Monday. The 483 is a standard form that FDA’s field investigators use to note what they have observed during an inspection. The form does not include the final Agency determination of the company’s compliance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, but rather, it details the observations made during the inspection by the inspection team.

Hillandale Farms, New Hampton, IA, 483 Issued 8/26/2010

Quality Egg LLC (Wright County Egg), Galt, IA, 483 Issued 8/30/2010

  • Bob

    I’ve wanted chickens for a long time now, but my wife doesn’t eat eggs, and I’d never be able to eat all that a couple of chickens would produce! Good luck!

  • http://www.cdc.gov/Features/SalmonellaPoultry/

    What are some ways to reduce the risk of Salmonella infection from live poultry?

    Do not let children younger than 5 years of age handle or touch chicks, ducklings, or other live poultry without supervision.

    Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after touching live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam. Avoid touching your mouth before washing your hands. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available.

    Adults should supervise hand washing for young children.

    Wash hands after removing soiled clothes and shoes.

    Do not eat or drink in the area where the birds live or roam.

    *******Do not let live poultry inside the house or in areas where food or drink is prepared, served, or stored, such as kitchens, pantries, or outdoor patios.

    If you have free-roaming live poultry, assume where they live and roam is contaminated.

    Clean equipment and materials associated with raising or caring for live poultry, such as cages or feed or water containers, outside the house, not inside.

  • Laura

    I raise my own poultry and if you feed your chickens scraps (usually organic foods in our case) they cost almost nothing to keep and the eggs are fresher and taste better. Free range chickens also are very good at controlling grasshoppers and other bugs.
    We just take our shoes off and wash our hands when we come in the house.