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Can you keep chickens in your house

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by austincoopersilkiesies, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. gambit2178

    gambit2178 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Call me weird but I actually keep one of my silkies indoors. She was attacked by two brahmas when she was 2 months, cracked her head open and almost lost her. Ever since she has been living inside. I have tried to gradually introduce her to the flock again and have had 0 success. The Brahmas are gone, it's all silkies and as much as they are friendly towards her, she gets scared whey they peck at her. I tried introducing her at night and she started making loud sounds, woke the neighbords, so once I brought her in, she was happy.
    When it comes to my pets I treat all the same, I pick my dog's poop everyday so it's the same for the silkie. I clean her area in the morning before giving her fresh water and food and I clean it again right before putting her to bed, and if there is a stinky one during the day, I clean it up right away..
    She loves spending time on my lap rather than on her area , when she sees me in the computer, she calls me and goes on until I pick her up and sit her next to me. Next to my outdoor silkies, she acts like an indoor pet. Dust, well I did notice dust but being a clean freak, I dust once a day usually.
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    Before I got my furniture I slept on the floor and she slept next to me. Not a single move or noise all through the night.[​IMG]
    Helping me do my laundry
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    Doing her favorite thing...
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    As far as pooping all over the place, rarely happens, somehow she has learned to only do it in her area, and she only does it in one corner, not all over the place.
     
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  2. SteadysDream

    SteadysDream Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got 3 Seramas and my plan is to put them in the garage for the winter so they can stay warmer but it seems so lonely in the garage. I am trying to think of a way to keep them in the house for the winter (small and clean enough to keep my parents kinda happy). They are of course the size of a pop can and dont take much space. I have kept chicks in the house before but it was temporary. As far as a full sized chicken I would not suggest keeping one full time in the house because they take more space and to keep them locked in a small cage is harder then if you have chicks or tiny bantams.
     
  3. missmissi

    missmissi Out Of The Brooder

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    Can you describe to me your (attempts for) accommodations with your indoor chicken condos?

    We have a 2 y/o Barred Rock who has had neurological issues since we brought her home at 4 weeks; probably trampled by other chicks. She has been my special girl, who surely would have died her first night without my attempts to save her. Her vision has always been very poor in one eye.

    Yesterday she was attacked by an adult hawk. Incredible that we saw it, started screaming, running outside, dogs started barking with us, horses kicking and whinnying nearby - this frightened the hawk, it flew away, leaving our Babe with cuts to her comb and injury to her 'good' eye. She is completely blind right now, hopefully the damaged eye will heal, it looks bad.

    We made her a small temporary intensive care unit in our house with a roosting pole, raised food bowl (which she's not eating) and a hanging waterer. We have to give her water by hand in a small bowl, she's weak and can't seem to see her hanging water, she only responds to touch.

    I cannot put her outside, inside is the only option. If she never regains her sight she will forever be our indoor pet with monitored outdoor exposure, or will have to have an exclusive outdoor pen.
     
  4. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My birds(6 silkies and 4 orpingtons) are in the house due to the extreme cold i am having. I have converted a mudroom into their coop. They have the entire room to run around in,i have shavings on the floor,nest boxes,roosts,etc. The silkies spend the most time in there,doing their thing. My 2 orpington girls and 1 silkie rooster(this rooster just likes to hang with me) have the run of the house during the day. My 2 orpington roosters love to patrol the house,chase the cats,bug the girls,sleep on the cat tree,watch movies(my hens love the computer). At night,they all sleep together except one orpington rooster,he sleeps in the hall beside one of my daughters room,on a cat tree and refuses to sleep anywhere else. Love chicken diapers. Lol
     
  5. chicksurreal

    chicksurreal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's so cute! She looks like a real sweetie!
    So glad you didn't lose her.
     
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  6. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Annie-Belle looks like she just got out of the shower! I hope that she makes it outside in the Spring into a nice coop with a few more birds to live with.
     
  7. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    NO. Unless you are a sucker for punishment and extra work.
     
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  8. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is true LOVE for sure! [​IMG]

    I make it easy on myself and just turn on a few heat lamps in the coop during sub zero temps. 30+ chickens would not do well inside our home with our 3 dogs and 2 cats inside. [​IMG]

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  9. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heated coops/insulated,but with temp of -42 C and wind chills - 52 C i was concerned. I keep a small flock so that i am able to bring them inside. They also come inside in the summer where there is A/C,when temperature starts to climb. They love being inside and interact well with my other pets.

    As for crowing,they crow at 6 am when my husband leaves for work and at 7 am which is when my daughters get up. The silkies do most of the crowing,my big boys(orpingtons)will let out one crow each,then the silkies are quiet.[​IMG]
     
  10. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh!! this is NOT my house;

    I am in NO WAY related to this person.




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