Ear: Chickens

There seem to be a lot of chickens in Astoria, so: No matter how much you are tempted, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests you restrain yourself and not "kiss backyard poultry or snuggle them and then touch your face or mouth." OK, fine.

Why? It's because of a salmonella bacteria that backyard poultry carries — which doesn't bother them one bit, mind you — that can make you sick as the proverbial dog.

You should also get a separate pair of "poultry shoes," for when you're roaming around in the yard with them, and keep the shoes outside. Anyway, you can read the extended list of "don'ts" at bit.ly/nochicks

And, of course, the CDC recommends you not allow your poultry pals to traipse around the house, either, the party poopers.

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.

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