Citizen Science in Backyard Poultry Study

Hello backyard chicken enthusiasts!

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and UC Davis Vet Med Cooperative Extension are conducting a citizen science research study. We are looking at antibiotic resistance and Salmonella in backyard chicken flocks in California.


Study overview:

For this year-long study, we are looking for backyard chicken owners and citizen scientists to collect boot and chicken swab samples from their backyard chicken premises and submit them to our lab. There will be a total of 4 collection time points with each collection effort taking approximately 5 minutes to complete. Don’t worry about materials, we will send them to you! Sampling kits and directions will be provided and mailed to individuals that are selected to participate.

Then we will test the samples for Salmonella and share the results with backyard poultry owners free of charge. In addition, findings from this study will help us:

1) understand patterns of antimicrobial resistance in backyard chicken flocks,

2) understand seasonal changes in antimicrobial resistance and

3) extend information regarding careful and proper use of antibiotics to backyard chicken owners.

Eligibility:

Do you have backyard chickens? If so, maybe you can be a participant! We are looking for backyard chicken owners that have used antibiotics to treat their chickens in the past and owners that have never used antibiotics to treat their chickens.

Study timeline and steps:

May to June: If you are interested, please fill out this survey (form also available below), we will use the collected information to identify study participants. If you have treated your flock with antibiotics, please give information to the best of your abilities, using your chicken veterinarian if possible.

Survey will close Friday, June 29 (deadline was extended).

1st week of July: Survey respondents will be notified if they were selected to be a part of this study and complete a follow up survey.

Summer 2018: Sampling kits and directions will be mailed out by UC Davis. Study participants will collect and submit samples to UC Davis.

Fall 2018: Study participants will collect and submit samples to UC Davis.

Winter 2019: Study participants will collect and submit samples to UC Davis.

Spring 2019: Study participants will collect and submit the last round of samples to UC Davis.

 

Please note your answers will never be associated with your name or any other identifying information in the reporting of this data. As researchers at UC Davis our interest is in working with backyard poultry and their owners to improve poultry health. The data in this survey is strictly for research and outreach purposes and not regulation and enforcement.

 

Thank you for your interest in participating! Dr. Maurice Pitesky and his lab staff appreciate your cooperation and trust. If you have any questions/comments, please contact Maurice Pitesky at mepitesky@ucdavis.edu.