Important Health Warning from CDC: Do not kiss your chickens.
The CDC is warning backyard chicken owners not to snog their feathered friends. Over 1000 cases of salmonella have been reported recently, including two deaths.
Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that contact with backyard poultry, such as chicks and ducklings, from multiple hatcheries are the likely source of these outbreaks. —Center for Disease Control and Prevention
At first I was all, “Who would let anyone engage in (probably nonconsensual) poultry smooches?” Then I knew. Formerly sensible people who are now parents. Like me. For more cautionary warnings, here is an excerpt from Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home…and the dog dies.
Since my last pet column, I have had…
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