Is handling baby chicks safe for my kids?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 14 chickens & counting, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. babymakes6

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    Quote:My children wash their hands soon after coming inside, but we don't come inside TO wash hands. I didn't mean to sound like I am extremely particular either, because I'm not! Like yours, my children play in the chicken house and the garden and very seldom are sick. I think that all the anti-bacterial products are harming our immune systems because they don't let us build up a resistance to germs and bacteria.
     
  2. TinyLittleFarm

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    Quote:My children wash their hands soon after coming inside, but we don't come inside TO wash hands. I didn't mean to sound like I am extremely particular either, because I'm not! Like yours, my children play in the chicken house and the garden and very seldom are sick. I think that all the anti-bacterial products are harming our immune systems because they don't let us build up a resistance to germs and bacteria.

    Us too! We are pretty good about washing up right after the baby chicks, but not quite as good about washing up after being with the full grown chickens. In the summer when my kids are playing outside they'll go check on the girls and hold them and whatnot and might not come in for an hour or two or more. THEN they wash their hands.

    Everyone is healthy. [​IMG]
     
  3. SuburbanFarmstress

    SuburbanFarmstress In the Brooder

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    I would assume they tell parents it's not safe for the kids- but really they're more concerned about the chicks. My chicks were well-handled by a three and four year old before I got them, but there is a very irresponsible seven year old that comes to my house, and I told him it wasn't safe to handle the chicks.
     
  4. wbruder17

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    Quote:I totally agree. Im so glad you don't overprotect yer kids. I always had animals, I would even pick up the horse poo sometimes with my bare hands if a pitchfork wasn't readily available. We also never got sick. I just read a report that using too much antibacterial actually hurts you immune systems natural defenses against germs. Im all for cleanliness, but I don't worry too much about a little chicken poo here and there. Especially on a farm with dogs going in and out of the house all day.
     
  5. jenesis536

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    I think it's like all things... some people are susceptible to getting sick, getting cancer, etc etc etc - it doesn't matter where you are from, how organic, clean, dirty, etc etc etc... the "healthiest" people I know, some get sick all the time, some I know have cancer right now... others who you could think of every single reason they should be sick - never do. It's really your own personal decision on how you take care of your children and animals. Sometimes nothing happens, sometimes it does - it makes no rhyme or reason most of the time.

    I hope your experience is nothing but the best for everyone and everything - you, your kids, the chickens and all of your health. I try to stay optimistic. [​IMG]
     
  6. SuburbanFarmstress

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    I just wanted to add- in the long run, I would rather raise kids that get sick a few times throughout childhood than raise kids who are so afraid of getting sick that they miss out on the fun things in life. Taking reasonable precautions is one thing, but fearing to take even small risks can mean not getting the big rewards. Balancing that risk to reward ratio is one of the most important lessons we take with us into adulthood.

    Nothing ventured, nothing gained. [​IMG]
     
  7. Desert Rooster

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