Kids and chicks/chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by klf73, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    I have my kids washing constantly, before and after holding the chicks. Is this overkill? Do we have to worry about the birds themselves or just the poop? My poor kids (6 kids, 12 and under) think I'm crazy, am I? And if I am I might just not tell them [​IMG]
    Krista
     
  2. chicknhawaii

    chicknhawaii Chillin' With My Peeps

    485
    0
    139
    May 15, 2008
    Honolulu, HI
    I don't think you're crazy. [​IMG] MAYBE a little too much washing but hey, what you think is safest is what matters. We don't wash our hands before handling the chicks but we do afterwards or use sanitizing gel.
     
  3. Sonia

    Sonia Chillin' With My Peeps

    743
    8
    153
    Apr 19, 2008
    SE Oklahoma
    ............
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2008
  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    13,752
    58
    333
    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    It is the poo you must worry about but washing after holding them is not a bad idea. Sometimes they have poo on their feet and such.
     
  5. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    3,788
    12
    221
    May 24, 2007
    Colorado
    We wash our hands before holding our chicks so they don't get sick, we do that less as they get older.

    We wash our hands after holding the chicks so we don't get sick and we always do that.

    I figure it's not worth anyone (kid or chick) getting sick when it's so easy to make sure we don't.
     
  6. peruvian_princess

    peruvian_princess Chillin' With My Peeps

    568
    0
    149
    May 1, 2008
    Fayetteville, Georgia
    I wash my hands too but I also use hand sanitizer which probably doesnt do much but makes me feel better LOL!
     
  7. tricia

    tricia Chillin' With My Peeps

    188
    1
    141
    Jan 25, 2007
    West Central Wisconsin
    I have everyone wash after. Better safe than sorry. [​IMG]
     
  8. newchickenfamily

    newchickenfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    We all wash after handling our teen chicks. [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by