I have salmonella, probably not from my chicks, but I have been so frighteningly, terribly sick that I am now afraid to touch my chicks at all. I am in so much pain and haven't been able to eat for weeks. I pretty much sleep for 20 hours a day and am incredibly tired the four for which I am awake. I have an immune deficiency that makes me more susceptible to infection, but I do wash my hands fastidiously. Anyway, please make sure you and your kids/family wash hands after handling chickens, eggs, or bedding material. You do not want to get this. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.