Hello! I'm quite new to this whole chicken rearing thing (I don't even have a flock yet, or a coop for that matter!) and I was curious on the health issues of petting your chickens. Some people I've met cuddle and pet their chickens as much as they can, others tell me not to touch them without gloves, and to wash my hands vigorously afterwords for fear of salmonella. I understand washing my hands, but the gloves seem like a bit much! So is it safe to touch and pet my chickens? I desperately want to, but I don't want to get myself or others sick either! Thank you for your time!