No, it’s not the start of a dirty joke, they literally said it’s ok to dress your pet chickens up. This story has a backstory, we’ll do our best to explain in two parts below.
In the past few weeks, there’s been a salmonella outbreak. You’ve probably heard about it – 92 people in 29 states. It’s drug-resistant, a sort of “new” strain that got out somehow. Anyway, ABC News was reporting on the outbreak, and they were giving some tips for how to handle chicken. The CDC had asked people to be careful when “handling” their chickens due to the salmonella outbreak. They interviewed one resident who gives her chickens costumes around Halloween, as well as sweaters. Then, in the article here, they said “When dressing a chicken, whether in a Halloween costume or a sweater, it is easier for a person to come into contact with harmful bacteria that live on poultry, including salmonella, health experts say.”
Now that the backstory is out of the way, we can get to the good news. The CDC has since released a statement titled “Erroneous Media Reports About Chickens and Halloween Costumes.” In the statement, they gave real tips for hygienic safety around the chickens. They advise people to not eat around chickens, and to wash their hands after handling them. They also said to handle them carefully to avoid hurting them, etc. So, if you were planning on dressing your chickens up for Halloween, go right ahead. Just do it carefully, and wash your hands afterwards. See some more on the chickens here.