Originally Posted by EggcitedMommy
My family and I just moved out to our new home in the country with 8 acres of land. We have always planned to get
Chickens and raise them from when they are
Baby chicks. I ordered our baby chicks and we are suppose to be getting them at the end of February. We have a little surprise we found out that we are pregnant surprise!!
. Now I don't know if it is ok to care for chickens while
Being pregnant etc. Yes i know women have done it for years but what is the best way to care for them while being pregnant and how do you make sure the eggs are safe to eat? I will be doing this myself and Hubby has no interest in it. So wondering if I should start it now our in Oct after baby is here.
Welcome and congratulations on your pregnancy, hope all goes well for you and the baby.
Honestly there's nothing to be worried about. You don't need more precautions than all of us should do to care for our flocks, good hand washing after tending them.
Eggs from your own flock are likely safer than those from commercial chickens, but IMO all should be cooked. They are safer to store unwashed ( to leave the protected bloom on the shell) - an egg brush to remove slight soils or a piece of sandpaper. But wash those that are poopy and crack and store in fridge to cook soon or cook immediately or save to cook to treat the flock.
There's really nothing to catch that can harm a pregnancy - but if you use sand flooring ( as I do) make sure cats don't have access to the sand. Same risks as a cat litter box is to pregnancy.
You are about to enter two great adventures, wishing you the best luck with all.
Feel free to ask questions, we're here to help.