I have 3 children aged 3, 5, and 7. I have found that most feel that children of this age should not be allowed around chickens. My children have always been VERY gentle with our day old chicks and now almost 17 week old chickens. We got them primarily because my husband and oldest are allergic to cats and dogs which saddened me so much because I realized that my children will never truly know the love of an indoor pet. So I ordered the chicks and I will never forget the looks on my childrens faces (dh's face too was priceless) when they arrived in the mail. Not only has it taught them some very valuable lessons only learned from owning a pet; but it has given them a memory they will cherish for the rest of their lives. My family raised ducks when I was a child and I can still vividly remember holding the baby ducks in my tiny hands. I'm just so sad that most feel children cannot be taught to value life thru owning pets. We lost 2 chicks the first week and my children were very gentle and appropriately emotional when they passed. My 5 year old actually held the chick till it passed; his intestines were sticking out his tiny belly. I feel she learned something very good from this experience. My children help me feed, clean out the coop, and protect our 24 other chickens and spoil them more than I do. While I do value life, I also feel it is important to teach children about death and not to shield them from the inevitable. I'm sorry; I'm just tired of seeing it written that children/toddlers should not have access to chickens. I'm posting this in predators and pests because I couldn't think of a more appropriate place.