House Chickens

» Posted by on Jan 7, 2010 in Raising Chickens | 0 comments

Chickens in your home? Many of you would not dare to think of it. But it is truly achievable. Actually, hens can make good inside animals for the kids but often it is more down to circumstances than from actively deciding to get a house chicken. Some chickens just enjoy visiting their people and will wander into the kitchen when they feel like it after treats or a bit of petting, but others are full time house chickens. One reason a chicken might become a resident inside your house instead of out in the coop is if there has been a predator attack which has left that chicken needing some extra care – a box in the kitchen or a makeshift accomodation in the bathroom sometimes becomes the place to keep her safe from the other members of the flock (who might peck at an injury) if there is nowhere else available. Another scenario is when there is only one chicken left in your flock and for whatever reason you are not intending to get any more. Chickens are social creatures and so being the only could be quite lonely for her but many do enjoy the indoor home comforts and will happily perch on the sofa whilst you watch tv and follow you around the house etc. Rehoming her may be another option. Some seem genuinely happy inside but not all chickens will enjoy being indoors as it does restrict their natural enjoyments of scratching for bugs, pecking at grass, chasing butterflies etc. etc.

chicks inside

There are chickens that are raised as indoor chickens from the outset. There are a few points with regard to sustaining pet chickens successfully.

1.) Cleanliness.

Chickens generally aren’t particularly clean – there have been reports of visiting chickens that don’t poop inside the house, so it may be trainable but generally if you have a chicken inside you have poo inside (and feather dander etc). There are chicken diapers available which may help to contain the worst of it, but there will still be chores.

2.) Defense against other domestic pets.

Your other pets may become the best of friends but there is also a chance they will want to chase your chicken. Dogs can be trained not to attack but it is not an easy task if they have the instinct. Cats will normally leave adult hens alone however can not be reliable close to chicks.

3.) Secure shelter at night.

Whether inside or outside chickens need somewhere safe to sleep.

4.) Keep only hens.

Roosters can be very noisy in the mornings (and all day long) so may not be best to have inside with you.

5.) Handle when young.

A chick that is handled from a young age is more likely to be tame and happy to have human company.

6.) Your children may train their very own chickens.

It is possible to train you chickens in a similar way to how dogs are trained. They will do pretty much anything for food, but a lot of patience is needed.

 

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