Scratches harmful?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mommacb, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. mommacb

    mommacb Out Of The Brooder

    Our kids love our chickens and they enjoy letting them climb on them up to their shoulders, but the chickens are leaving big scratches on the kiddos. Are the scratches harmful (since chickens step in poop) and should I trim their nails (do you call them nails?) help! we are new at this and have only had them for 1 1/2 months.
     
  2. GrandmaChickie

    GrandmaChickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your kids are playing outside (like I did as a kid), they are getting far more all over them than chicken-poo! LOL! Are the nails breaking the skin? We let ours free-range quite a bit, and all the scratching they do on the ground keeps their nails pretty short and rounded off. I've actually never had one break the skin, though they have left long white marks on my legs when they climb up into my lap. I've never heard of giving chickens pedicures, but I'm willing to bet that there are people on here who have and who can tell you how to do it! [​IMG]
     
  3. wvgal61

    wvgal61 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    (〃 ̄︶ ̄)┘└( ̄︶ ̄〃) high five for letting kids be kids! When we first got our chickens my granddaughter got sever diarrhea. We took her to the doc and he asked if she had been in contact with raw chicken,she had a bacterial intestinal infection. Not salmonella, can't remember the name though. I said does still having feathers and walking around count as raw? He laughed and said that explains it then. I asked we should get rid of them or keep her away? He said no let her keep playing with them, that she would build up immunity to it. Guess what that was when she was 1 she she will be 4 in July and no more loose loos. So I say let them have fun as long as they aren't getting bloody. And
     
  4. wvgal61

    wvgal61 Chillin' With My Peeps

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