CDC: Don’t Kiss your Chicken.

No, seriously. They said that. Also, keeping chickens in the house is generally a bad idea.

This may actually be a historic day. Normally when I reference the CDC it’s for the purpose of ridiculing the CDC. In this case I’m just passing on ridicule for backyard chicken keepers. Though – technically – I am a backyard chicken keeper…who occasionally even cuddles – but stops short of kissing – a chicken*.

Hat tip to Big Brother.

*Adie**, when she’s in a mood to be picked up, will chase me around pecking my leg until I give in. Also, if you stick her head under your arm she really does seem to go right to sleep. I thought that was just one of those stories.

**Arrested Development girl. She’ll never lay an egg, never even grew a proper comb, but she’s the only one among 20-odd chickens who likes having me around. So I let her live. Yeah, I’m a softy.

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8 Responses to CDC: Don’t Kiss your Chicken.

  1. MamaLiberty says:

    Pictures! Want pictures of chicken cuddle. 🙂 Now, I realize that LB can’t take the picture, and possibly would not if he could, but there ought to be someone who can. That would be so cool. LOL You need a tripod and remote timer for pictures, most definitely. 🙂

    I’ve picked up and carried plenty of chickens, for one reason or another, but was certainly never tempted to kiss one. But my youngest niece had a pet chicken when she was little, and kissed it a lot. She survived. 🙂 Soon to be a mother herself now.

    The CDC is worth just about as much or little as any government entity, and that’s being charitable.

  2. MamaLiberty says:

    AWWWW, that’s adorable. 🙂 Thanks.

  3. Kentucky says:

    Methinks Adie realizes that her inability to produce eggs results in her only real value lies in being on the menu herself . . . thus, she is schmoozing you for her own benefit. Clever bird, that.


  4. Joat says:

    We have one bantam rooster that is only surviving because he is cute and friendly. He likes to be petted and picked up.

  5. When I was a kid I had a pet chicken. I used to nuzzle and kiss her head all the time. I still love the scent of gallinaceous birds for that reason. And it led to another “little chicken” I used to hold and kiss a lot:

  6. coloradohermit says:

    I like the picture, especially the juxtaposition of sweet Adie and the ferocious eagle on your shirt.

  7. Zelda says:

    Thanks to MamaLiberty for inspiring you to take such a heartwarming photo.

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