Stop Cuddling Your Chickens

June 8, 2017

Backyard poultry may seem like a good idea, just think of all the fresh eggs, but if you start to cuddle your chickens, you could make yourself seriously sick. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say this year has already seen eight separate salmonella outbreaks linked to contact with pet poultry in the U.S. Those outbreaks have sickened more than 370 people in 47 states, hospitalizing 71. And we’re only half way through 2017. When the CDC interviewed patients in an attempt to understand the recent outbreaks, nearly half admitted to cuddling their backyard poultry. And while your birds might be adorable, they’re basically living in their own feces. It’s a recipe for salmonella. The CDC offers some advice for those who do keep chickens. First, don’t let poultry live inside the house. In a survey it was found 46% of people did in fact let chickens in their houses. Always avoid kissing your birds or snuggling them, and then touching your mouth. If you can’t resist the urge to snuggle, or you’ve recently touched farming equipment, wash your hands immediately and thoroughly. Even though these birds are your pets, they are very likely covered in their own poop. No matter how clean and well-tended those pet chicks and fluffy chickens appear, “chicks, ducklings and other live poultry that look healthy and clean, still carry salmonella bacteria” warns the CDC. This is not the first time the CDC has had to issue a warning. It’s time we just resist the urge to cuddle, folks.

Souce: The Daily Mail