So, my kids and I have been very excited telling my family back home about our babies and the process of incubating and hatching we went through. My kids LOVE talking about the babies with my mom. Though, my mom doesn't understand the love because I DID NOT grow up on a farm. Today my mom goes to the local feed store back home and they have chicks. She talks to someone there and they explain to her that they are not dying the chicks this year due to the fact that the chicks have the potential to spread disease to the children that pick them up. And if you dye the chicks it makes them that much more irresistable to the children. So I promised her I would look it up and see JUST how dangerous it is for my children to be picking up chicks. I KNOW there is a potential to spread some forms of bacteria and other stuff so I PREACH and watch my children wash their hands WHENEVER they handle a chick. My kids are 11 & 8. So, I am bringing the question to best EXPERTS on the internet (in my opinion) about chicken stuff, in hopes you all can clear up any fears of my kids handling the baby chicks. Just how dangerous is it for children to handle baby chicks? Thanks for your help.