I'm still going to give having chickens a try, but the more I read it sure isn't helping things. The thing that has me spooked the most is the different illnesses and diseases. Are any harmful and contagious to humans or other animals (cats, dogs) by simply handling the birds? I'm not worried about having to treat a bird, I don't want to risk spreading disease to my house hold pets. For instance... chicken lice. Is it the same and as contagious as human lice? Call me a whimp if you want but if these illnesses are dangerous to us or pets, a few eggs isn't worth all that mess.