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post #11 of 42
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And which hen should I get?
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First of all, welcome to BYC. Chickens are flock animals and it's unnatural for them to live alone, in a cage, in a house. Poop smells, no way around it. Every few poops are called cecal poop and are generated from the ceca pockets in the intestines, and trust me, those stink to high heaven! Nothing you feed them is going to change that. And chickens create lots of dust, from feather dander, scratching in their bedding, plus the dust simply from the feed breaking down when they scratch in it. Everything in your room will be covered with a fine layer of dust, all the time. It's why folks can't wait to get chicks being raised in a brooder in the house OUT of the house.

 

Why do you want a chicken in a cage in your house? Can't you build a small coop and outdoor pen for a couple of hens? I would rethink your plan. Unless you get super tiny bantam breed hens, even one chicken needs at least 4-5 square feet of space in her coop indoors. That's not a tiny cage.


Edited by speckledhen - 2/17/17 at 10:24am

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post #13 of 42
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What about "Penelope: A Rescue Story"? What allows that couple to keep a hen inside their apartment?
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Again, before you go any further with this discussion, discuss it with your parents.  If you can't have a couple of hens outside, do everyone a favor, and get a different pet.  While it's admirable to want to do a chicken rescue, if you can't do more than one, and provide adequate outside housing, it's not a humane plan.

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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post #15 of 42
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So the couple in that documentary can, while others like me cannot?
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First of all, no one said you cannot do it. That's for your parents to tell you. We're telling you it is not the best life for a chicken, not a natural life. And we're telling you that some of their poop smells really horrible. And there is a TON of dust they generate. What happens when your parents decide they can't take it anymore and want you to get rid of the chicken you're attached to?

 

And you didn't answer why you cannot have even a small coop in your yard. If you're in an apartment, you may be in violation of their rules and again, you'd have to get rid of your hens after you became attached to them. So, still, you need to think long and hard about this.

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post #17 of 42
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Hey. How does anyone know about my living situation? I never indicated about my housing.

And I never indicated my age.

I'm just asking opinions about pet chickens.
Edited by superbighead - 2/17/17 at 10:48am
post #18 of 42
Some people do keep chickens inside the house, caged, confined to one room, or roaming freely, with or without a diaper. You can find some posts on this forum where people talk about it. I remember one post where a woman was sitting at the computer working on a post for this forum with a hen without a diaper sitting on her shoulder. She excused herself while she went to clean her hair. This world is full of all kinds of people. You can never tell what they will do. Some people keep so many cats or dogs in their apartment or house it’s a health risk.

If you can keep the chicken poop extremely dry it won’t stink much. The smell might not bother you. It probably would most people but maybe not you. Chickens are social animals, they do much better with another chicken. It’s possible a solitary chicken will imprint on you to fill that need, but will you be around 24/7 to keep it company? It would be cruel if you are not.

Chickens produce dander. That’s bits of dry skin and bits of feathers that fly of as dust. Some people are allergic to chicken dander, though most are not. Chickens like to scratch. If they are confined to a place with bedding, they’ll scratch some bedding into dust. If the poop dries out they’ll scratch that into dust. That dander and dust settles on things, making it hard to keep everything clean. You and yours will be breathing that dust.

Personally I would not risk my families health or create that kind of mess in a place I or my family live. Some people are quite happy to do that to themselves and other people. If you want to live like that, it is your choice. But I strongly suggest you have a plan B if you realize that is really not the way you want to live.

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This too shall pass.  It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

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post #19 of 42
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Originally Posted by Ridgerunner View Post

Some people do keep chickens inside the house, caged, confined to one room, or roaming freely, with or without a diaper. You can find some posts on this forum where people talk about it. I remember one post where a woman was sitting at the computer working on a post for this forum with a hen without a diaper sitting on her shoulder. She excused herself while she went to clean her hair. This world is full of all kinds of people. You can never tell what they will do. Some people keep so many cats or dogs in their apartment or house it’s a health risk.

If you can keep the chicken poop extremely dry it won’t stink much. The smell might not bother you. It probably would most people but maybe not you. Chickens are social animals, they do much better with another chicken. It’s possible a solitary chicken will imprint on you to fill that need, but will you be around 24/7 to keep it company? It would be cruel if you are not.

Chickens produce dander. That’s bits of dry skin and bits of feathers that fly of as dust. Some people are allergic to chicken dander, though most are not. Chickens like to scratch. If they are confined to a place with bedding, they’ll scratch some bedding into dust. If the poop dries out they’ll scratch that into dust. That dander and dust settles on things, making it hard to keep everything clean. You and yours will be breathing that dust.

Personally I would not risk my families health or create that kind of mess in a place I or my family live. Some people are quite happy to do that to themselves and other people. If you want to live like that, it is your choice. But I strongly suggest you have a plan B if you realize that is really not the way you want to live.

Thank you for that advice! I appreciate the professional response.
post #20 of 42
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Originally Posted by superbighead View Post

Hey. How does anyone know about my living situation? I never indicated about my housing.

And I never indicated my age.

I'm just asking opinions about pet chickens.


We don't know much about you other than what we have surmised from your questions and writing style and reactions to advice that contradicts what you are wanting to do. We are inferring some things from what you've said and what you haven't said, but also, we've asked questions that you did not answer. We need information in order to advise you better. I said "IF" you live in an apartment, which could be a logical conclusion if you are adamant that a chicken live in your house and are not able or willing to build it outside accommodations.

 

I have 40 pet chickens. Yes, they are pets, though they live in a large steel barn with their respective groups. Even when I had a permanently disabled rooster that I dearly loved (you can search for threads about Zane by my screen name and see his story), he did not live in my house. He had his own large, mouse-proof cage with his own food bowl inside a coop with other birds so he was not alone and could hear all the normal chicken sounds and see out the window to watch the skies. And he had a girlfriend who liked to visit him in his cage and lay her egg beside him. So he was not lonely. If any chicken lived in my house, it would have been Zane, but it was not the best situation for his happiness and good overall health.

 

I have brought dying birds into my house, but they were in a playpen or rabbit cage and only for a very limited time, never allowed to roam around the house. But, the dust is very much a real concern, especially if you have someone with breathing problems in the family. And the poop does smell to some degree no matter what you feed the chicken. To my nose, it smells way less than dog poop, certainly, and even my cat asks to go outside, no litter box in the house, but I do remember the smell of cat urine from my days as a realtor showing nasty houses and it was awful.

 

All that said, if you are determined to do it and you have no one else to answer to or get permission from, all we can do is advise and tell you the realities of the situation.  I've had chickens for 12 years, some love nothing better than to be held and petted, however, I have never had any desire to have one live in the house with me, not even my handicapped ones. Some folks do have house chickens, that is true, and they can tell you the downside to it better than anyone as well as things you may not have thought of about that type of situation. 


Edited by speckledhen - 2/17/17 at 12:21pm

~A dog on its owner's property is a pet; A dog on someone else's property is a predator~

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