As more and more Americans adopt chickens as pets, the CDC has been compelled to issue a warning to not dress up the fowl friend for Halloween.
A chicken as Yoda
Live chickens can carry Salmonella, a bacteria easily transmitted when handling the bird.
It’s becoming a status symbol to own a pet chicken, and fancy coops can cost close to $100,000.
Countryliving.com a $100,000 Nieman Marcus chicken coop
Currently the CDC is battling a salmonella outbreak of 92 cases in 29 states, with 21 people hospitalized after handling or consuming raw poultry.
Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include fever, chills, rash, diarrhea and stomach cramps within 12-72 hours after exposure. The illness can last 4-7 days, although most people will recover without treatment.
So don’t handle your chickens but if you can’t resist and need to put the firefighter costume on one, please wash your hands and keep them away from other trick-or-treaters.