apartment chickens?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chickemee, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. Chickemee

    Chickemee Songster

    Jul 30, 2007
    How do all of you feel about keeping chickens in an apartment? I know I have around 4 more years till I go to collage and I know I can't take my whole flock with me, but I was wondering if it would be ok to still keep a bantam or other small chicken in an apartment. And if you think it will be ok can you suggest some breeds.

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2008
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    There are a couple people here who have house chickens that wear diapers!! I'm sure a small chicken would be fine in an apartment, but just like any other animal, it will need attention and can't be locked up all day. I think a breed that isn't very high strung, like a Silkie or bantam Cochin, would work well.
    However, you're going to have to check into this with the place you'd be living.
  3. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    And if you would likely be out and about for a good part of your days, the little gal would likely be lonely without a feathered friend. Her bedtime would be at dusk which might be when you would be getting home....
  4. Chickemee

    Chickemee Songster

    Jul 30, 2007
    I was planning on getting her at least 1 or 2 friends cause I was considering that she might get lonely.
  5. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    I would only do with calm breed Bantams

    I am not sure if your chickens you mentioned were bantams even if they were (not a Leghorn) [​IMG]

    My bantam cochins & brahmas are very calm!

    They come visit in the houseeveryday - I was thinking of having DH make me a perch (like they have for parrots)
  6. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    I was thinking the same thing today! When I go away to College, Im going to have to get rid of my whole flock probably, so Im going to take a few with me,lol.
  7. Chickemee

    Chickemee Songster

    Jul 30, 2007
    Quote:I wasn't going to take any from my current flock but I meant hatching some. Mine right now wouldn't want to wear a diaper.
  8. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Songster

    Apr 21, 2007
    Sonoma County
    I have hand raised my ameraucana chicken, because she had a bad head injury. She ended up with a severe case of scissor beak, so I cannot put her out with the other chickens.
    She has become quite the "pet" chicken. She follows me around the house, sits on me when I'm reading, watching TV or on the computer. She is sitting on my shoulder right now. She is very demanding. She thinks I should go to bed at dusk. She sleeps with me. She'll scoot out the door after me. I can take her to the store with me, she usually stands on my shoulder. She goes for rides in the car and visits to friends.
    She demands a lot of attention!!! I don't have an outside job and a partner who loves her as much as I do. So we can afford to give her and our other critters the attention they need.
    If I were you, I would wait to get any new pet for a while. College is a big adjustment and a lot of fun. It is also hard enough to do your studies, with all the social distractions. Give yourself a chance at all the new experiences, before committing to any additional responsibilities, like a pet. I went on a lot of weekend trips with my friends and I wouldn't have been able to do that, if I had my pet chicken. [​IMG]
  9. domromer

    domromer Songster

    May 11, 2007
    My girls brooder was in the bathroom of our apartment until they were six weeks old. Thats about as long as I think A chicken in an apartment. Unless you get a bantam and put it in a big bird cage.
  10. silkies4ever

    silkies4ever In the Brooder

    Sep 30, 2007
    I would suggest a silkie, cochin or perhaps even a d'Uccle. They all have fairly docile temperments. My white silkie is extremely calm, she do great as a house pet.

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