Hi all, Newbie here. I am researching chickens and considering getting started with some, since we live 45 miles out of town and it would be convenient and perhaps fun, but being a Public Health minded individual, having worked in the field for years, I have to ask the questions.........and appreciate any feedback and links for more info. 1. What diseases can humans get from chickens? 2. What are the risks of Avian Flu being transmitted via our home bred chickens? Isn't the risk greater for us than the general population? 3. Are you experiencing more flies than you otherwise would? BTW I love all the cute pics that have been posted of the chicks , brooders and chickens. I'm getting closer to thinking I may get some chickens for us. I also appreciate all the helpful information I've seen here. Thanks!