My children have been handling and helping take care of pigeons since they were 5 yrs. old. It is a great thing to have children around pigeons as it teaches them to appreciate the life of something and teaches them responsibility. It also helps the family to do things together which so many families dont do anymore.
They are safe, but depending on the age of the children, an adult should supervise and take on the responsibility of the birds. Don't know how old they are, just know that children are not always responsible enough to take on the care of an animal. How old are the children?
My son started helping me with our first pigeon " Dovey" when he was 12. Over that time I have instructed him about bird/animal care. I even read him the book " Pigeons" by Andrew Blechman. When I am out working, he checks on the birds, and knows what to look for. I think it's a great learning experience, just start out small.....
I contacted the CDC today with questions pertaining to this matter.
What I was told was as long as the children are not putting pigeon dropping in there mouth or hands that have handled or contacted pigeons or dropping in there mouth.
My son is two yrs old and wouldn't put dropping in his mouth and doesn't handle birds yet. But he does get his hands dirty and tends to put his hands in his mouth at times. You have to make sure that you have sanitation wipes available and that your childrens hands are clean most of the time and before allowing tem to eat.
Same rules apply as a cat or dog pet. Except I have never seen on the news where a pigeon attacked a child!!!! The old saying " Cleanliness is next to Godliness" is true. I have several grandaughters, the middle one is the smallest. She is also the fastest. She is always the one to help catch my pigeons up for a race. Good luck