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Salmonella risk from fresh chicken manure?

15 years ago

A couple of weeks ago, impatient for the lettuce transplants to grow fast this year in our sandy soil, I decided to try an experiment. I put down a thin line of more or less fresh chicken poop/wood shavings bedding about six inches away, and very slightly uphill, from one of the lettuce rows. It's rained every other day since then and this lettuce is looking better than the rest - intense greens and reds, lusher and taller. The idea was to give the lettuce a good shot of fertilizer, from a safe distance. I know organic standards don't allow this practice. What do you think - have I created a salmonella or other risk?

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