We kept our 26 chicks in the basement for 5-6 weeks. My FIL keeps going on and on about it. I know that you can get something from chickens (same as bats?) but I was wondering if anyone has ever gotten sick from doing what we did. Last year we kept 6 chicks in the basement for a month but that was summer and the windows were open. I'm one of those people that starts to worry if someone plants an idea in my head. This makes me quite cranky? How many of you keep your brooders inside? I kept the brooders cleaned out but still have that lovely dust in the basement. I've swiffered away most of it but need to do my complete cleaning yet. Any thoughts?