Me and my wife have just started our coop a have no experience. We purchased 3 rhode island red chicks. We decided later to add 3 more hens to our coop. We have been keeping the chicks inside in plastic box because the new chicks were to small to be with the larger hens. We both have become very ill (gastro). I realized today we must both have salmonella infections from handling the chicks. Very painful stomach cramps with diarrhea. Just thought we would post this as a warning to newbies. We both washed our hands after exposure to the chicks but we both got sick. The chicks are very cute and become pet like very quickly.