I have been wanting to raise some chickens for eggs, and finally my city has legalized it (Aurora, CO) but one thing has stopped me. We have 6 parrots. We've had most of them for 10-15 years, and maybe some of you who love chickens' personalities will understand a bit, except that many parrots actually relate and communicate with humans... Anyway, that is all off the track. We have been taught to be very aware of bacteria and the possibility of infecting the parrots from wild birds. We have a number of bird feeders and a large yard with a big pond, and we are careful not to bring in bacteria. So I have been concerned that the chickens might be "dirty" as they live outside and I am sure the coop isn't sterile.... I am wondering if it is enough to use a disinfectant hand wash and soap and water after handling the chickens or cleaning their coops and yard, or is it just not something we should do? We love eggs, and our parrots do too~ Thanks for the input!