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Warning i got from a friend.......

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jolyn, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. Jolyn

    Jolyn Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    I just showed a friend of mine the pictures of my boys with the chicks and she warned me that her friends son got salmonella poisoning after playing with baby chicks......Should i be concerned?

    I have been having the boys wash hands whenever they play with them and so do i. We were doing that even before my friends warning.

    Thanks guys,
    Jodie
     
  2. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * If the boy's are washing, I don't think there's a problem-- but, kids show always be trained how to handle a chicken (meaning esp. keeping them UPRIGHT) and observed in the process to make sure they aren't risking themselves or wearing the chicks out. [​IMG]
     
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  3. speedabug

    speedabug Songster

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    I have been raising chickens for 8 years and no one in my family has every got salmlnella from it.
     
  4. Jolyn

    Jolyn Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Quote:Good to know!!! Thank you!!!!!

    Oh and i am being very careful with my boys. I'm watching them very closely when they are near the chicks...... however i can't imagine that they would even try to turn them upside down.
     
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  5. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    [​IMG] Just being a bit chicken over-protective, Jolyn-- Sorry. There was a case here recently and it's still on my mind. [​IMG]
     
  6. Jolyn

    Jolyn Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    d.k :

    [​IMG] Just being a bit chicken over-protective, Jolyn-- Sorry. There was a case here recently and it's still on my mind. [​IMG]

    Oh no i totally understand!!!! My boys know not to go near the chicks without supervision....plus the heat lamp freaks me out too.​
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    We kinda have a germ phobia after my SO almost died from systemic e.coli last year. I keep a pump bottle of hand sanitizer on the counter by the door. Get one and get your boys in the habit of using it whenever they've been handling the chicks.
     
  8. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    wash wash wash. "Good ol's soap and water never hurt any one" so momma told me (wonder if her mom tried to make her eat a bar of lux?!)

    I've gotten sick from cleaning the litter box but no the hen house. Go figure
     
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Hand washing should be fine... still waiting to get sick from my lack of hand washing and sharing food with them.
     
  10. Being a nurse I must wash my hands at least 50 times in a 8 hour shift and I'm a firm believer in it. I really don't think chicks can carry samonella but in doubt wash your hands, use sanitizer and just use common sense.
     

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