Animal activists are quick to tell you not to buy chicks and bunnies on impulse for Easter out of concern that many are abandoned later.
There is another reason to be careful about that kind of Easter surprise, though. Dr. Ron Warner, Ph.D., an infectious disease specialist at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, warns that, "Especially with the poultry, the ducklings and the chicks, there have been several disease outbreaks in recent years from salmonella that are a concern to us. So, we caution people to wash their hands often if they handle these chicks and ducks, and obviously not having children kissing them and things like that".
Dr. Warner says another salmonella source can be Easter eggs. He says eggs should be boiled for three minutes and that you should be sure to let them cool and dry properly so they won't draw in any water that might be contaminated.