Thats according to Dr. Bernie Gross, a retired veterinary researcher in Blacksburg, Virginia, who is an expert on raising poultry and dairy animals.
Gross says his work with other scientists reveals that reducing the stress on birds by creating a relaxed environment for them is directly related to their ability to ward off disease.
In Gross words, Its all about resource allocation, if your animals feel comfortable around you, and arent worried about defending themselves physically, then their bodies can allocate other resources to fighting off disease.
One way that can help ease the chickens mind is by hugging them.
However, Gross warns about getting too close to those so- called free-range chickens since the chickens may fight and catch diseases from the ground.
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