Sunday, February 21, 2016

DÉJÀ . . . POO!

Recently, piles of chicken manure were delivered once again to McGinness Field, this time near the intersection of Twelfth and Franklin.  A source has told Columbia Spy that the manure was delivered on February 12. Two years ago, manure piled in this same field was believed to be the cause of a massive fly infestation in the area.  Nearby residents had also complained of a pungent odor emanating from the manure. WGAL's report on the previous issue is HERE.

Since manure is a breeding ground for flies, another infestation could occur in a few months.

Salmonella is another concern associated with poultry feces. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
"Live poultry may have Salmonella germs in their droppings and on their bodies (including feathers, feet, and beaks) even when they appear healthy and clean. The germs can also get on cages, coops, hay, plants, and soil in the area where the birds live and roam. Additionally, the germs can be found on the hands, shoes, and clothing of those who handle the birds or work or play where they live and roam. Raising chickens in your backyard can be fun and rewarding, but please be careful doing so.

Salmonella can make people sick with diarrhea and fever, often with vomiting and abdominal cramps. Sometimes, people can become so sick from a Salmonella infection that they have to go to the hospital."


  1. It seems as if the department of health could step in since it's so close to homes. If I lived that close, I would call them immediately.

  2. There is a danger of salmonella, which lives in the intestines of the chickens. Check CDC websites regarding details.

  3. i would contact the state. and never let the boro sort it out. we know what happened here laast year. bs.