I have to think that the CDC felt the same surprise/befuddlement when they had to issue this warning:
Don't kiss your chickens:
Backyard flocks spread Salmonella, CDC warns
So far this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least 181 people in 40 states have been infected with Salmonella from direct contact with live poultry such as chicks, ducklings and chickens, many of which were kept in small backyard flocks. Thirty-three people had to be hospitalized.
"Many ill people in these outbreaks reported bringing the live poultry into their homes, and others reported kissing or cuddling with the live poultry," the CDC said in a statement. "These behaviors increase a person's risk of a Salmonella infection."
People are getting salmonella by making out with chickens.
I'm just going to sit here for a minute and let that sink in.
People are kissing and cuddling chickens.
The dirty bird!
"Instances of Salmonella in backyard flocks are much lower than commercial processors," she said. "Salmonella is in poop, it's in dirt -- you can get it any time you don't wash up properly. I do recommend against kissing your chickens," she added.
Yeah, because apparently chicken beaks are covered in salmonella-ridden poop!