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John W Blehm

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Why You Should Never Kiss a Chicken
« on: July 17, 2015, 09:45:07 PM »
Most of us know this, but I see people let their kids hold chicks and put them up to their faces and many don't wash after touching the birds.

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Study Reveals Why You Should Never Kiss a Chicken


Friday, July 17, 2015 12:15 PM


By: Sylvia Booth Hubbard

 No matter how cute and fuzzy, you should never cuddle and kiss a chicken — that's the Centers for Disease Control's latest message. The CDC has been investigating four multi-state outbreaks of Salmonella that they have linked to people having contact with live poultry, including baby chicks.

 As of June 29, 40 states had reported outbreaks of Salmonella involving 181 people. All cases tested were found to be negative for antibiotic resistance, but of those sickened, 33 had to be hospitalized.

 Of 95 sick people interviewed, 86 percent reported contact with chicks, ducks, and other live poultry from multiple hatcheries the week before they became ill. Many of them reported bringing the chicks indoors as pets.

 According to the CDC, Salmonella causes about 1 million illnesses in the United States every year. Most people infected report symptoms of diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. Illnesses last four to seven days, and although most people recover without treatment, 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths occur each year.

Salmonella bacteria usually live in the intestinal tract, but baby chicks can carry it on their feathers, and it can be passed to anyone who touches them.

 To avoid Salmonella, the CDC advises people who have backyard flocks to:

 ● Don't let chickens and other poultry inside your house.

 ● Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching a bird or anything they have come in contact with.

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Lee G

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Re: Why You Should Never Kiss a Chicken
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2015, 11:25:34 AM »
 :) Does anyone else find it slightly amusing there was an actual study done on this... I mean, come on now.

Common sense should tell folks to wear lipstick as a barrier when kissing chickens! Like, duh!  ::) :P
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Mike Gilbert

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Re: Why You Should Never Kiss a Chicken
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2015, 02:12:05 PM »
Good one Lee, but my wife might wonder what's going on if I came back from the coop wearing lipstick!   Actually, if their pens are kept reasonably clean I don't think there should be a problem.   Chickens have never made me sick, although the summertime dust when I clean their pens sometimes does clog up my bronchial tubes.  Yes, I know I should be wearing a mask, but they don't work well for me. 
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Lee G

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Re: Why You Should Never Kiss a Chicken
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2015, 09:26:04 PM »
lol, I suppose she might. Best stick to chapstick then.  ;)

And I tend to agree with you about the risks of salmonella being relatively low with good husbandry, cleanliness, and a little common sense. Hand washing just may make a comeback yet!  :)

I'm actually pretty good about wearing my respirator these days. Chicken dander is killer on the lungs! 
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Re: Why You Should Never Kiss a Chicken
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2016, 04:26:25 PM »
What kind of respirator do you use Lee?  A plain mask or something more elaborate? 

thanks