Salmonella ssp. are widespread in nature and affect a broad range of vertebrates, although the disease is rare in research colonies and probably in pet mammals. Guinea pigs are highly susceptible and develop severe clinical disease....
It´s usually spread by the "fecal-oral" route through the ingestion of feces or fecal contaminated feed or bedding. Control is difficult because Salmonella has the ability ot survive in the environment. Sick, compromised, pregnant pigs are particularly susceptible, particularly in winter. It is extremely difficult to get rid of and many of the antibiotics used to treat it have a high probability of causing enterotoxemia.
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Now I´m going back to my box till another piggy question pops up.
Like this one; how close can the pigs be housed to the chooks? Is it just as long as they can´t contact any feces? Or does the salmonella spread further than that?
You might be able to keep them both outside but you need very different areas. If you have an extension service they might be able to advise you of how much of a problem this might be. There might even be tests you could do to see if this bird had salmonella (checking the feces).
It´s all up to you now. Do some research on your own and figure out what is the safest.
Hey, I drempt about chickens last night -- they were laying eggs like crazy, 3 or 4 popping out of one chicken at a time. Now I wonder where that came from....
Thibault, there is but ONE solution to this delimina---
The wheekers MUST BECOME HOUSE PETS....immediately, if not sooner!! LOL...
It´s the ONLY sensible solution and of course, it the ONLY way your Papa can have his CHOOKS....and you can have your darlin´ little "mates" in your room, too!! Hee hee....