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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 11:03 am 
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is it okay? Do egg residues remain on them after hatching?

To explain this slightly odd question... my brother and his wife are raising roasting hens this season, and have invited ds to come see the chicks they are soon to receive. I haven't yet said no, but wondered if it was really safe for ds to pet the chicks.

Thanks in advance!

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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 12:43 pm 
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I don't know the answer, but it's a really good question!!!

I was at a petting zoo with my DD, but I didn't let her touch any animal, and I was wondering if it would be safe for her to touch cows and goats, which both produce milk and their babies who drank it...

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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 1:40 pm 
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I would be hesitant especially if they were very newly hatched.

We took no chances when my older boys collected eggs while visiting their Poppa last summer; we kept our youngest son far back from the hen house and chickens.

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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 10:15 pm 
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We won't be visiting the chicks, and my brother also found this info about not letting anyone younger than 5 handle them, due to the risk of salmonella:

http://tinyurl.com/5wsjtj


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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 7:44 am 
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Eww! Maybe this is why the schools don't hatch eggs in science class until Grade 2.

I will be reminding our school of this next year when our daughter is in that grade.

Back to the original question though, would handling freshly hatch chicks cause a reaction?

I'm not sure how soon you should be handling the chicks, they've just been through a lot. In terms of an anaphylaxis reaction, you would have to have the allergen enter the blood stream. I would be hesitant to allow handling if the child had any broken skin on his/her hands (cuts, scrapes etc). If the skin was intact and if the child really wanted to I would allow him/her to hold the child in cupped hands and possibly stroke the fluffy feathers. I would insist on hand washing immediately afterwards. I would ensure that Epi-Pens were on hand, just in case.

It really is a balance of risks versus life experiences. Unlike some medical conditions, we are very fortunate to be able to have some control over our health. Avoiding allergens is the main focus but it is also important to put risks in perspective and remind ourselves that epinephrine in either auto-injector format will halt a reaction.

Maintaining good skin integrity is important to allergen avoidance. Skin breaks should be kept covered, especially when allergens are present.

I don't mean to be cavalier. We need to be aware of potential risks, alert and ready to take action. We also need to remember that we control the allergies, they don't control us.

(I expect others may not agree with me and this is just my opinion.)

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:05 pm 
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My DD's JK class had chicks hatch in their class room. The teacher was really good and asked if I'd be ok. The kids aren't allowed to go near the "chick zone" and they only touch the chicks after they're dry and fluffy. I was ok with it (My DD is mildly allergic to eggs...if she was anaphylaxic I'm sure I'd feel differently) But - when the teacher was talking to the class about the eggs, chicks, etc, she also brought up DD's allergy to the class and they talked about being allergic for a bit! Very happy about that one:)

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