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What do you think, am I nuts?
I grew up in Chicago, and would find pigeon feathers from time to time. My mom would always make me drop them, and wash my hands if possible. Now, whenever my dd finds a feather (usually duck or goose, I live in Oregon now, but sometimes maybe crow?) I get a bit uptight. I don't want to touch it, or have it anywhere near the baby. I Flip if she touches her face after handling it, and make her wash it with soap immediately if she brings it home. I'm thinking the thing is probably full of diseases.
But the thing is, I don't get weird about mosquitos. I figure, West Nile is really devastating to the bird population, but not that bad for people.
So, what should I do? Get over it and let my kid play with feathers?