So....I need some advice. I've been wanting to have chickens for awhile. My dream is to homestead and have all sorts of animals but alas, we are suburbians until our finances change. We have half an acre, 4 rabbits, 2 dogs, 3 kids, a creek that runs through our backyard and a vegetable garden. And while we work full time, I have finally convinced my husband to let me add two chickens! Woo-hoo! But now I am suddenly having second thoughts....I blame this on the stomach flu we had this past weekend and the thought: "OMG what if the kids get salmonella??!" (I have a barf phobia.) My kids are 5 and 3, and one on the way. I feel bad that they already can't play in the grass much because of all the dog poop (we clean it up once a week but jeez those dogs poop a lot! And I know chickens are even worse). I would love to hear from suburban families with kids (especially people who work full time). My kids love playing with our friend's chickens and I know they would love the experience of caring for and owning chickens. I know some people are ok with letting their kids run through poop but now I am paranoid about the salmonella factor. Of course, they will wash their hands before they eat or come inside and will leave their "chicken shoes" outside but I heard it can even be brought inside on clothing. How common is getting salmonella from backyard chickens really?