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Mean, but funny. I have two house chickens, they both poop about 2.5 times an hour, I have calculated, which isn't as bad as one would think.My hand-reared hen also tries to not poop at night when she's on the bed, there's usually only one dry one. Sounds gross, but its not really, just a bit of grass, fruit and insects. Think of dogs eating human faeces and licking their genitalia and then sleeping in people's beds and kissing you in the face. Chickens are amazingly clean. You know the black oily layer you get when scratch a dog or a horse? Chickens don't have it. They're pristine. You can scratch a chicken for hours and you won't have to wash your hands.
Just make sure they're healthy and dewormed regularly. This over-hygiene with disinfectants everywhere is bad for our immune-systems and the environment and it breeds superbugs.
Oh, and by the way, the most pathogens you will ever pick up is from that chicken in you refrigerator, not the one in your bed!!
Trust me, I am a PhD student in Microbiology!!
House-chickens are THE best pets ever!!
P.S. Leather sofa and hard floors are a must though. I tried to have a rug once. Forget it.
Here's a link to an article about chicken intelligence. You can look for the actual papers from there..