Can you keep chickens in a Dog crate inside the house?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 4 Love of Baby Chickens, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. One of my friends has gotten the idea in her head that she can keep a hen in a Dog crate in the house!!!! I'm trying to tell her that she can't do that. Chickens poop every five minutes don't they? She says she can train it to use the litterbox. I told her that the hen would have to run to the litterbox every five minutes. She said that be very funny. [​IMG] I told that she would has to come over to my house and I'll prove it to her that she can't keep a hen in the house. Man is this funny or what!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  2. Omran

    Omran Songster

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Well let her try by herself and I tink you will end with one more hen [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] It would be fun watching her litter box train it tho.
  4. RHewitt

    RHewitt Songster

    Alot of people brood chicks inside until they reach several weeks old. If she kept pine shavings in the box and changed them out evey few days she could do it and not have a smelly mess. I don;t think the hen would be very happy being alone and cooped up in such close quarters. I suggest that she get a small coop for say two or three and keep them outside. There are people that have bantams inside just like a parrot or other pet birds. Anything is possible.
  5. I was going to sell her chicks when they were 12 weeks old. So they wouldn't get any roosters.
  6. Goodness gracious Bryannia!!!! You are so silly. Boy maybe I should let her do it and then see what she says. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  7. crazy cat lady

    crazy cat lady Songster

    Nov 20, 2008
    NW Illinois
    My sister had her silkie broody in her house for hatching until the chicks hatched, then she put the silkie back outside with the other chicken and kept the little chicks inside until they were several weeks old and she had homes for the chicks to go to. Now she has a small coop that she lets the broodies hatch their eggs in and a brooder light inside for the newborn chick to keep them warm. But I don't think it wise to keep a chicken in the house day in day out year in year out. I was told that chickens needs the sunlight to keep them healthy. But I don't know if this guy was a smart aleck or what.
  8. Rhett&SarahsMom

    Rhett&SarahsMom Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Mine have spent weeks in the house, in dog/pets cages.
    Granted they have been in the basement. But as long as you keep the cage floor covered with shavings or have a raised "wire" floor and shavings in the drop pan. And keep those clean. It can be done.
    I had all 5 in the big cages during the night and let them free in the basement during the day. Only drawback was having them on the stairs and trying to get by them. Oh and Audrey and Vivian always wanting to be in the main part of the house [​IMG]

    But yes. It can be done. Heck we might keep the banties in cage in the living room. If I can find the room between the house rabbits and the dogs bed that is. Right now he is where the brooder goes:p

    Or. , chicken diapers are being made and sold for a reason.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2009
  9. A friend of mine that does fowl rescue keeps a few chickens in her house during the cold weather or during rehab. She actually uses the portable dog carriers that are nylon an collapse when not being used. It is a trip to go into her house as her turkey Olivia is perched on a dowel in the kitchen and Francine, a duck and Atilla, a hen are stacked to the right of the fridge in their crates.
  10. Do you know what she told me after I said she would have to build a coop for the chickens? She said, "They're NOT going to get a private apartment with a jaccuzi and a TV. They're going to get a dog crate inside the house and I'm going to train 'em to use the litter box"!!!! [​IMG] I said, "I give up you'll have to come over to my house and I'll prove it to you that you CANNOT keep a full grown chicken inside the house without a diaper"!!!!! [​IMG] Yuck having chicken poop all over the house. [​IMG]

    I think that my friend is so silly.

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