Ok - this has been on my mind now for a few weeks..I decided a few months ago that I wanted to raise a couple hens, I felt the experience would be beneficial to my entire family. I think it will give my children and yes, maybe even us adults a better appreciation of where our food comes from .. our hope is that in seeing our hens lay eggs it will give a much better understanding of a process that one can " grow " their own food that not everything just comes in a package- we are also putting in a garden with the idea of growing any food we can. Not to mention the fact that honestly I thought it would be fun Here is where the question comes in... so here I was so excited on this decision and adventure and than two weeks ago I read an article saying NOT to get chicks if you have children because of Salmonella and other things they carry.. right away my reaction as a mom was " I can't do this " I didn't want to expose them to anything that could hurt them..after all this is suppose to be a great experience. I gave it some thought and than decided at 5 and 9 my children were old enough to wash hands and understand to do that and here we are at day 3 of being chick owners and that hasn't been an issue at all... they wash their hands great before and after. Question.... do ALL chicks have Salmonella - is it something they are ALL born with ?? And I am not sure of the names of other harmful bacteria but are they just born with that as well.. I bought my chicks from another person, it's hard to know ( really know ) what they have. I know they look great and seem healthy and eat medicated food but I must admit I had no intention on taking them to the vet to get needles.. I myself since reading info on Salmonella - I am the main care provider for the chicks find myself washing my hands ALL the time...washing anything I may have touched....I'm pretty practical and would love to know the real scoop on this ... do I need to be afraid to cuddle the chicks and than strip down anything they may have touched in the process.. > Thanks in advance for your 2 cents !!