We are moving towards getting two nigerian dwarf goats (and btw, we got 6 buff orpington chicks recently) and I'm wondering what I have to be concerned about re. my two year old (and my 9 year old and the rest of us for that matter). I was reading a bit about worming your goats, and so that is what comes immediately to mind. but i'm wondering what hygein practices should we follow to be responsible homesteaders, and what I should be on the lookout for in my children, to be sure I catch anything that is amiss. For instance, obviously wash hands after handling the anials, but what about shoes worn into the pens and barn - we generally take off our shoes when we come in the house, but we do cross through the living area, as the "mudroom area" is not right by the door, or should we only go into the animal areas with special shoes that don't enter the home? and does sinple handwashing eliminate the chance or worms or other diseases? Anyway, if someone could give me reasonable advice on protocols living with goats and chickens, that would be great. At first I was oblivious to any risks, and now I don't know how careful to be.
Thanks so much!