Despite news reports to the contrary, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not warned people against dressing chickens in Halloween costumes.
The CDC stated in a statement Thursday that despite news reports saying otherwise, people can dress up chickens in Halloween costumes. The CDC does advise chicken owners to handle them carefully to keep their families and chickens safe and healthy.
So, now you can proceed with your plans to dress up your chickens for Halloween.
If you’re handling any chickens, here are some tips:
- Always wash your hands after touching chickens or anything in their environment. Running water and soap are best. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available, and wash your hands thoroughly when you get to a sink.
- Keep chickens outdoors. Never bring them in your house.
- Don’t eat or drink in the area where the birds live or roam.
- Don’t kiss your birds or snuggle them and then touch your face or mouth.
- Children under 5 years old should not hold or touch chickens. Young children are more likely to get sick because their immune systems are still developing and they are more likely to put their fingers or pacifiers and other items into their mouths.
- More information about keeping backyard chickens and other poultry is available at cdc.gov/features/salmonellapoultry/index.html.
I guess we will never know what came first? The chicken-in-costume news reports, or an actual statement from the CDC.