Baby chicks with newborn infant in the house??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DaggerD, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. DaggerD

    DaggerD In the Brooder

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    I will be getting 50 banty chicks at the end of Feb. We will have them on a different level of the house than our living area. We also have a two month old son and just want to make sure there are no health concerns with having the chicks in the house.

    Do I need to worry about anything? He won't develop any allergies or anything will he?

    We live on a ranch, so he'll be exposed to a lot of "ranch life", it's just having it in the house with us that I'm concerned about.

    We could put them in an outbuilding instead of the house, but it wouldn't be as convenient or as warm (winter in Idaho mountains can be cold).

    Thanks

    Jesse
     

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    They make a ton of dust.

    I'm just sayin'.
     
  3. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

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    yup,, dust...
     
  4. azelgin

    azelgin Songster

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    Dust. Think Oklahoma. 1930s.
     
  5. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    Well I can tell you from experience. I had chicks hatch less than a week after we brought home our newborn son from the hospital. I was about a week into the incubation when we were asked to adopt him. LONG story and crazy weeks! Anyway, they were in the basement, and he was no where near them. We didn't seem to have any problems, and he was a preemie. Can I mention again those were some CRAZY weeks.
     

  6. ghulst

    ghulst Songster

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    Chicks shouldn't be raised in the house.
     
  7. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

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    Dust.

    Other than that, as long as baby doesn't lick the chicks (they say salmonella risk for young kids and chicks if they don't wash their hands good, etc.), it should be fine.
     
  8. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

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    Quote:Beg pardon? Where else would they be raised? Outside in the freezing cold? Bye bye, chickies.
     
  9. wjallen05

    wjallen05 Songster

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    It's better to have young kids raised around animals, it actually helps prevent allergies. I think it'd be just fine. We have lots of chicks in the house (computer room) and we have a 4 month old son.
     

  10. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Quote:Young chicks do much better in the house. And if they are dangerous to kids, then there are a lot of us that should be dead. Most of the people I know that have allergies to animals or plants were all raised as city kids and never exposed to them. I think that early exposure to such things helps the immune system develop. Just use common sense. Keep the brooder clean and wash your hands after handling the chicks.
     

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