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Baby Chicks Do's and Don'ts

We are gearing up for chick days, and we wanted to get you some helpful tips for making sure that you and your new chicks stay healthy.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after touching live baby birds or anything in the area where they live and roam. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available.

  • Adults should supervise hand washing for young children.

  • Clean any equipment or materials associated with raising or caring for live poultry outside the house, such as cages or feed or water containers.

  • Visit your physician if you experience abdominal pain, fever and/or diarrhea.

  • Don't snuggle or kiss baby birds.

  • Don't touch your mouth, eat or drink around live baby poultry.

  • Don't let baby birds inside the house or in areas where food or drink is prepared, served, or stored, such as kitchens, dining rooms, pantries, and outdoor patios.

  • Don't let children younger than 5 years old touch chicks, ducklings or other live poultry.

Source: New Mexico Department of Health

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