Soft, fluffy chicks are synonymous with spring and Easter time. With their downy feathers, chicks may seem like great cuddly companions, But, says APIC, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control, many human illnesses can be acquired through contact with live poultry, even when the birds themselves do not appear to be ill.
The best reason to avoid getting little chicks for the kids, or letting them handle the these critters at Easter, or any other time – aside from the humane aspect…a story for another day – is that live poultry can harbor nasty bugs like salmonella, e-coli and other bacteria.
Want more info? APIC offers a few safety tips on the subject on their website.