I'm posting this in this forum because I guess worst-case scenario is needing to know what to watch out for IF a chicken is sick. I have a 4-yr old son. It's been very cold where I am, and while I have one heated waterer, I have been going out every 6 hours to also give a bucket of water to the chickens and ducks. They obviously poop in it. One day, the bucket I picked up when I made the switch out was a huge ice cube - in a 5 gallon bucket. I tipped it over and got it to come out. It's still sitting in my yard...as a complete ice chunk.
Tonight, my son licked this ice chunk. Water and poop ice chunk.
I have called his pediatrician, who referred me to poison control. Poison control has informed me it's not their area, and tomorrow morning I need to call my state department of health communicable diseases department.
MEANWHILE, I'm still sitting here wondering if my son will be okay. I don't know a whole lot about what to be looking for in my chickens that would be concerning. I mean, everyone seems fine. But it's winter and there is feces on the ground. I do my best to keep it as clean as I can, but it's winter and they're on the actual ground (not a raised floor). So there is poop all over the floor, mixed with hay. Most frozen, some not.
Can anyone offer any thing I should be looking for in my chicks/ducks that would be concerning to my son? Salmonella? I'm very worried. :(