CDC Warns of Salmonella From Backyard ‘Lap’ Chickens
So you have chickens in your back yard and inevitably they become pets.
The Center for Disease Control advises NOT to bring the critters into
the house. Live poultry may have Salmonella germs in their droppings
and on their bodies (feathers, feet, and beaks) even when they appear
healthy and clean.
The CDC reports some people were reportedly “kissing or cuddling with” the birds.
One Denver resident may be a little over the top with her “lap chickens,” and
has even launched a business selling diapers for them.
“They’re just really, really tame, and they want to be near humans,” said Mary, petting her two chickens, Henny and Penny. “I wouldn’t have them in the house all the time, but once in a while it’s nice to let them in.”
One strain of Salmonella sickened people in 37 states, including 31 people in
Colorado. One person died from that strain. The Denver Channel has more of
this story including tips to help avoid Salmonella germs.
With pet shelters overflowing with animals needing homes, may I suggest a cat