There is a possibility that children who have egg allergies, could be affected by participating in the hatching program.
Egg allergy usually occurs when the protein in egg white or the egg yolk are consumed, however as the chicks hatch from their shells there is a membrane between the shell and the chick which dries and flakes into tiny particles called dander. This dander will be in the air around the incubator and also in the chicks fluff and so will be breathed in when observing the chicks. This may cause a reaction. Any child who has a severe allergy to egg, is at risk and should not participate in the program unless it has been firstly discussed with the child’s parents.
Please alert parents of children with egg allergies that you are planning on running a chick hatch program. For parents who may have concerns, it is recommended they discuss the situation with their Doctor/ Specialist before their child participates in the program
As an extra precaution people with egg allergies should wear disposable gloves when handling the chicks and remember hands need to be washed.
Peanut / Fish Meal in livestock feed:-
The chick feed supplied does not contain Peanut or Fish Meal. However, the manufacturers cannot guarantee that some residue from other products in the manufacturing equipment has not contaminated the feed. It is recommend that anyone known to have an allergy to these products should not be allowed to handle the chick feed, food receptacle or the litter (where feed may have been scratched out of the feeder by the chicks).