Health & Safety

Maintaining health and safety of both the chicks and your family are of utmost importance to our family and the integrity of our program.

Each family and school who participates in our program must attend our Chick Health & Safety course prior to taking home their chicks.  In addition all participants must sign a release and statement of understanding, acknowledging that they understand the information presented as well as that obtained on this site.

Animals can be educational. However, people, especially children, can get sick from contact with animals. The good news: You can help prevent illnesses from animals.

Children can learn a lot from animals, and it’s important to make sure they stay safe and healthy while they’re learning. People can get sick when they forget to wash their hands[698 KB] right after touching an animal or its habitat. Young children are more likely to get sick because their immune systems are still developing. They also are more likely to put their fingers or other items into their mouths, which can cause them to become infected.  Find out more about how to prevent illnesses on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

CDC Baby Chick Advice (PDF)

In addition to caring for your children it is important that all parents, teachers, and children understand how fragile baby chicks are.  Properly holding of the chicks, taught in our classes, and ALWAYS sitting down close to the floor are a must.

Each participating family receives a copy of our Chick Health & Safety guidelines which covers information on correct holding techniques, predators, smoking in the home, fertilizer, and more.