They're cute and friendly. But they can cause some problems.

The Ravalli County Public Health Department has issued a warning about salmonella on baby chicks.

Officials say that Salmonella often causes diarrhea, fever and adbominal cramps within 3 days of exposure...and children are most likely to get salmonellosis.

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Neoma Greenfield writes that the bacteria is carried in the intestines of chicks and ducklings and will often contaminate the entire surface of the animal. the bacteria is passed on by "simply holding, cuddling or kissing the birds. Children should not handle baby chicks or ducklings."

But, what if they do? The Centers for Disease Control say the kids should immediately wash their hands after touching birds.

Salmonella can be spread on reptiles and hedgehogs, too.