"Our 9-year-old daughter wanted a dog for her birthday and we surprised her with chickens instead. She was at first disappointed," said parent Ruth Harrigan living in upstate New York.
The child and the chicken are inseperaple now. The chicken is so popular that Ruth's neighbors have gotten their kids chickens too.
"Chickens actually have salmonella naturally and they don't get sick from it, but humans do, and the main symptoms are diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain," Dr. Robert Glatter of the CDC.
The Harrigan's don't care...despite nearly 400 dying from salmonella each year...