Thinking of getting your kid an Easter chick? It’s not a good idea. Sure those fluffy little chicks are so cute. But, did you know that those cute little chicks could be carrying disease which could be passed on to your kids? There is a lot more appropriate gifts you can give your kids.
|Since 1990, there have been more than 35 U.S. outbreaks of salmonella caused by exposure to chicks, ducklings and other live
poultry, and most of those who got sick were young children, says the CDC’s Casey Barton Bahravesh. Salmonella infection can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. No deaths from salmonella linked to handling live poultry have been reported, but there have been numerous hospitalizations, Bahravesh says.
“We definitely don’t recommend getting chicks for Easter gifts if they’re not going to be a part of a backyard flock,” she says. “These are farm animals, they’re not pets.”
If you’re buying chicks, ask if the seller tests them for salmonella, says Douglas Powell, a professor of food safety at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. “If they look at you like you’re crazy, you shouldn’t buy from them.”
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