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Living indoors with an injured chicken

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I'm putting this out there to see if anyone has their own experiences to share.

I have a 3.5 month old Copper Maran / Ameraucana mix cockerel that suffered a slipped tendon during his hatch. Not having the heart to cull him, I let it play out in the brooder to see how things went. At about a month old the others stared to pick at his bad leg that was protruding backwards like a ballerina. He was often huddled alone in the corner and wasn't gaining much weight. So, I grabbed a couple old beach blankets and put them on the foot on my large Cal King bed with a tray to hold food and water without it making too much of a mess. That night I put him on the blanket, showed him where to get his food and water and he trilled all night at my feet with the most loving sound of contentment.
What was intended to be a temporary fix until I figured out another arrangement, has now gone on two months. He's gained weight, he preens and trills most days with delight. He had his own patch of shady grass to hop around on during the day and is otherwise s very happy chicken.
Up until a few weeks ago I didn't know his sex and worried a pullet would surly die from an impacted egg due to the position of the hips and an in ability to bare weight on its good leg. Now that his cockerel feathers are so apparent, I'm glad for him to be cockerel. Although, it's a bittersweet situation because I know in the coming weeks he may get aggressive with me.
Has anyone ever had an indoor Roo? I'm curious to know if our close bond of sharing sleeping quarters will change our chicken/human dynamic.
I have set up a small outdoor enclosure in the change that he becomes too unruly to be an indoor pet, but I really am hoping his behavior stays like it is. I can live with such a sweetheart roosting on my feet.

I'll be sure to keep this thread updated for anyone with a similar situation.
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my roo lives indoors he is amazingdoesnt crow and is diapered

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I'm putting this out there to see if anyone has their own experiences to share.


I have a 3.5 month old Copper Maran / Ameraucana mix cockerel that suffered a slipped tendon during his hatch. Not having the heart to cull him, I let it play out in the brooder to see how things went. At about a month old the others stared to pick at his bad leg that was protruding backwards like a ballerina. He was often huddled alone in the corner and wasn't gaining much weight. So, I grabbed a couple old beach blankets and put them on the foot on my large Cal King bed with a tray to hold food and water without it making too much of a mess. That night I put him on the blanket, showed him where to get his food and water and he trilled all night at my feet with the most loving sound of contentment.
What was intended to be a temporary fix until I figured out another arrangement, has now gone on two months. He's gained weight, he preens and trills most days with delight. He had his own patch of shady grass to hop around on during the day and is otherwise s very happy chicken.
Up until a few weeks ago I didn't know his sex and worried a pullet would surly die from an impacted egg due to the position of the hips and an in ability to bare weight on its good leg. Now that his cockerel feathers are so apparent, I'm glad for him to be cockerel. Although, it's a bittersweet situation because I know in the coming weeks he may get aggressive with me.
Has anyone ever had an indoor Roo? I'm curious to know if our close bond of sharing sleeping quarters will change our chicken/human dynamic.
I have set up a small outdoor enclosure in the change that he becomes too unruly to be an indoor pet, but I really am hoping his behavior stays like it is. I can live with such a sweetheart roosting on my feet.

I'll be sure to keep this thread updated for anyone with a similar situation.

If the roo is kept inside his entire life, and is injured, then the chances are he won't become aggressive. And if he does, he can't do much damage if he cannot walk properly.

Regards,
Leaf
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