According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) here in the USA, many poultry owners kiss and cuddle their chickens, and even allow them in the house. This is raising red flags as to disease transmission, presumably from the chickens to humans, since the CDC isn't involved in chicken health. I keep chickens, and am very fond of them. Yes, I pick them up and examine them for impacted crops, bugs, feather problems, etc. but NEVER have I been tempted to kiss a chicken. As for letting any of my ladies into the house--chickens are not house broken and leave deposits when and where they wish (and they are a wishful lot). I am posting this in the interest of the continued health and well-being of all who keep poultry. Restrain that urge to kiss a chicken!