The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning against people getting too close to their chickens due to the spread of salmonella.
The CDC investigation stated that chicken owners need to take precautions when holding the animals due to 163 cases of salmonella in 43 states, The Hill reports.
"Don’t kiss or snuggle backyard poultry, and don’t eat or drink around them. This can spread Salmonella germs to your mouth and make you sick," a statement from the CDC said.
As of now, no one has died from touching their chickens, but they want to make it clear that one third of the salmonella cases were children under the age of 5.
If you do have to handle your poultry, they want you to wash your hands and supervise children when they are around the animals.
"Don’t let children younger than 5 years touch chicks, ducklings, or other backyard poultry. Young children are more likely to get sick from germs like Salmonella," the CDC said.