Is it Safe to Pet My Chickens?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by KindVonDerMond, Sep 8, 2017.

  1. KindVonDerMond

    KindVonDerMond Songster

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    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!
     
  2. The Angry Hen

    The Angry Hen Crossing the Road

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    You are safe to touch and pet your chickens, if they are very healthy you can occasionally kiss their feathers, but not many folks suggest this.

    Just be sure to wash your hands extra good, you can use diluted water and Clorox as a wash. Or soap, just wash your hands and you're good. :)

    None of us on here don't pet our chickens! Ha ha.

    -The Angry Hen
     
  3. FrankieDoodle

    FrankieDoodle Poppy-Dog

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    Yes, I love to hug & pet my chickens. We've had chickens for eight years & have never caught anything from them. You still should wash your hands, but I definitely think you can pet them :D
     
  4. KindVonDerMond

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    Thank you! I'm so relieved I won't have to treat my ladies like they're in quarantine!
     
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  5. The Angry Hen

    The Angry Hen Crossing the Road

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    No problem! :) Exactly, very good observation.

    -The Angry Hen
     
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  6. Lady Clucksley

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    I'm pretty new to the world of chickies, too, but I'll say that if I can't pet my chickens, what's the point? I
    Clean their run daily, deep clean weekly, and spend a lot of time just hanging out with my girls. I'm a biology teacher, so let me throw this in. Yes, chickens have some icky ways, and yes, they have some thing we can catch in their poo, feathers, feet, etc. That said, cats carry a parasite that is thought to infect your brain so that you're compelled to love your cat more. Dogs eat dead anything. We don't stop petting them, and probably let them get a little too friendly with the snuggles and kisses. Like with any pet, use common sense. Change shoes and clothes you've worn while cuddling your hens, don't put the hens' feet in your mouth, etc. Wash your hands more than seems normal, use hand sanitizer if you want. (But then wash again--- that .01 percent of bacteria that purely doesn't kill just feeds on the other dead bacteria...eeew) In my thoughts, having a good relationship with your girls where they don't mind being handled will ultimately keep you safer. You'll have pest free chickens, can treat them for wounds, and physically check their health. If you're eating their eggs or meat, their health is your health. Just love them, wash your hands, and sanitize your phone with rubbing alcohol if you bring it into your run and take a lot of pictures after handling them. Happy hen hugs!
     

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  7. Yes, absolutely! I snuggle and smooch and squeeze (within reason) my chickens. Some are so tame (not mine to this extent though) that they will hop on your lap when they see you. Mine at least come running. But long story short, yes!!
     
  8. Sam Wilk

    Sam Wilk In the Brooder

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    You definitely can pet your chickens, I let my ride around on my shoulder
     
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