Greetings to all you friendly chicken luvvers! We just got our first 25 Delawares.....of course got a few more than what we had planned on, but everything is working out well. They are about 3 weeks old, are going outside in the day, no heat lamp in the rehabbed shed=coop now, insulated, and have their separated area about 3 ft by 6 ft. They are doing really well! We don't have running water there and have to "visit them" at this time. They are in a pretty (I hope) predator proof ventilated coop. $0 to rehab. Any way, we have a bucket of water for handwashing afterward. I'm a nurse and I'm really paranoid about it, but how far do you all go? My friend and I have both suffered some gastric upsets in the last week. (holiday picnic food or chicks?) I know the old time farmers probably werent as concientious about handwashing as I am, but I'm afraid to answer my cell while working with them, etc. Am I going to far? How about children? How do all you moms and dads "handle" this issue?