C.D.C. Alert: Stop Kissing and Snuggling Chickens or Ducks

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C.D.C. Alert: Stop Kissing and Snuggling Chickens or Ducks


A salmonella outbreak linked to backyard poultry has prompted U.S. health officials to issue a stern warning: Don’t kiss or snuggle your ducks and chickens.

There have been 163 illnesses and 34 hospitalizations reported across 43 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week. North Carolina had the most reported cases, with 13, followed by Iowa, with 11. About a third of the cases were in children under 5, the agency said.

The true number of sick people is most likely higher as many recover without medical attention and are not tested for salmonella, the C.D.C. said.

The likely source of the outbreak is contact with backyard poultry, the agency said.

“Don’t kiss or snuggle the birds, as this can spread germs to your mouth and make you sick,” the agency said.

That was among the guidelines that the C.D.C. offered to people who keep poultry at home, whether they are experienced owners or building their first backyard coop. They should always wash their hands for 20 seconds after contact with birds or related supplies, the agency said, and should not allow children under 5 to touch the birds.

Emily Shoop, a poultry educator at Penn State Extension, said on Monday that raising poultry was “the fastest-growing animal-related hobby in the United States.” The New York Times



People should wash their hands for 20 seconds after contact with birds or related supplies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.


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Comments (19)

Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

"Stop Kissing and Snuggling Chickens or Ducks"

There are just some Sentences that happen like the one above that you really don't expect to hear. I guess these are great words to live by...


May 26, 2021 11:48 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I know it's not funny but it is! Minot ND does not allow backyard livestock much to the disappointment of many (including me) Roy Kelley .

May 26, 2021 01:07 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We have ducks in the channel and in the Salt Marsh Reserves.  They are wild and I would not think of picking one up...No chickens either!  Happy Wednesday, thanks for the update.  A

May 26, 2021 01:37 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Who kisses chickens or ducks??? Not me!!  I will eat them, but not snuggle with them. 😀

May 26, 2021 04:35 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Roy - prior to the pandemic and likely post pandemic as well. I am "safe".  No thoughts of kissing or snuggling of any chickens or ducks.  

May 26, 2021 04:45 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I can appreciate this as the duck I was holding was getting too comfortable and the male mallard was starting to snort and get mad.

May 26, 2021 04:48 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Roy... I reckon that is good advice, although never once in my life have a snuggled, hugged or kissed a chicken, chick, or duck.

May 27, 2021 05:07 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Roy,  You break my heart.  So my Duck has to go?

Jun 13, 2021 12:55 PM
Roy Kelley

Ginger Harper 

You can keep your duck. Just avoid the hugs and kisses.

Jun 14, 2021 09:51 AM
Janice Zaltman
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL
South Florida Residential Real Estate

Hi Roy, Have not  been active here for awhile and then came across your "classic post" Could not pass it by. Did not know that more people were raising chickens in their backyard. Not a bad idea if it did not cause health issues. What will be next? No sleeping next to your dog?














Jun 14, 2021 07:00 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - Awe.... this is sad news for Donald and Daffy Duck. 

Jun 15, 2021 05:01 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Jun 15, 2021 06:31 AM