I finally got those chickens I've been wanting- but I'm highly allergic to them!Submitted by ConstitutionHugger on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 12:02
I bought three silkie chicks (for the ghastly price of $100) three days ago. They are doing great in their brooder in the garage- they've already grown. I have discovered I'm super allergic to them. If I stand over their brooder to gaze at their cuteness I can feel a reaction. Last night I couldn't sleep because of the coughing, running nose, scratchy eyes and throat. My contact with them is minimum, I change their paper three or more times a day and supervise my children with them outside (it's 80+ degrees here during the day so I let them get fresh air and sunshine).
This morning I wore a dust mask over my mouth and ski googles over my eyes to change their paper. It worked. But I am still recovering from previous exposure. The chicks will go outside into a coop in a month and I'm hoping I can avoid triggering my allergies while I care for them.
Does anyone have any tips on how to care for chicks in a brooder, or chickens in a hen house while minimizing exposure to allergens? Am I going to have to invest in a space suit? I don't want to take medication. If I can't avoid being sick, they are going to have to go. :-(