Intestinal guerrilla: Salmonella

Salmonella is a major threat during cultivation.

A quarter of the birds in the world are infected with Salmonella; in Belgium, more than 28%. Once the contaminated birds have recovered, they become carriers and will intermittently release germs.

Therefore, owners of healthy aviaries (without fertility problems) should be careful when purchasing new ones (quarantine required). Wild birds are also a source of infection.

Contamination with Salmonella occurs via the droppings. The germ enters the bloodstream (septicemia) and then into the organs. The liver, spleen, and kidneys swell, and the lungs and intestines become nodules.

Salmonella tends to multiply in the testes and ovaries, where the eggs may become contaminated. This contamination often occurs during the egg's descent through the fallopian tubes and in the nests during breeding by parent carriers.

The Salmonella germ can penetrate through the eggshell, with minor accidental damages or due to too intense cleaning of the eggs. Salmonella then multiplies in the egg( yolk), causing the embryo to become infected and often die.

Rats and mice are efficient spreaders, with transport taking place via the down and the dust on the droppings. Flies, lice, ticks and cockroaches also contribute to the spread.

Salmonella takes advantage of the reproductive cycle (one month on average) of the fly (which eats the manure) to spread the infection up to 5 km in the environment.

Let's not forget that Salmonella (and E. Coli) can occasionally infect humans...

Figure 1 Salmonella Typhimurium

Figure 2 Salmonella on the left and E. Coli on the right adhering to a biofilm in a lab environment.

See also Clean Oral and Clean Foam.

A healthy intestinal flora that is sufficiently acidic (Roni) can naturally prevent the development and colonisation of Salmonella in the intestine. 


So it is best to act decisively and eliminate the losers without mercy according to Darwin's law of "survival of the fittest".

(Salmonella infected birds should also be banned from the shows).

In this exceptionally complex microbiological environment, invisible to the naked eye, Salmonella has established itself over millions of years as the Mafia of germs. It efficiently takes advantage of all possible biological mechanisms to colonise our aviaries persistently.

By permanently feeding Stopmite - which makes the feed taste nasty to flies - Comed indirectly forms a major alliance against this Salmonella guerrilla.

  • Therefore, Stopmite naturally intervenes in most parasite-infection channels by keeping the entire aviary clean and supporting the immune system.
    • Roni creates an acidic gut that Salmonella does not like.
    •  Clean Oral  dissolve the biofilm clusters in which unwanted germs reside in the gut.

    Clean Foam can help against the sticking of Salmonella in the aviaries (see figure 2); Clean Oral ensures repression of faecal Salmonella (from the manure) in the drinking bowls etc., by the colonisation of benign germs.

    Maintaining the supremacy of an excellent microbial ecosystem is a constant struggle, which is precisely why Comed recommends the daily and permanent use of these excellent biological agents during the breeding and exhibition periods to prevent gaps in the defence.

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