Hi Everyone, I've been preparing and researching chickens (and reading this site A LOT!) since I plan on getting some in late July. Well, today I was at the Dr. for a recheck on tiny lung nodules that were found back in November and they have been keeping an eye on them. They have stayed the same for seven months now and Dr. suspects they are from an old fungal infection. I questioned him about the possibility of working with gourds being a factor since I have done this (cleaning them, sanding, drilling) and I have read about the mold and fine dust from the gourds causing problems for some people. Well, he didn't even know what a gourd was! After I explained it, he said it was possible. I then asked him about chickens, and he said "Why, do you have chickens??" I said no, but planned to get some. He said "DON'T get any chickens!! I heard of a lady who needed a lung transplant from her pet birds!" Wow. This has me really bummed out because I was REALLY wanting chickens, hubby was looking up coop plans today! I'd like to hear from some of you if you know what the health issues are with having chickens. I don't want to harm my health, but I'm thinking my Dr. might not be entirely correct with his warning. He told me to "Go to the store for eggs and live like a city girl, not a farmer!" (He was smiling when he said this, but obviously he isn't into livin' off the land! Thanks!