Can you potty train a chicken?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Stargazer04, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. Stargazer04

    Stargazer04 Chirping

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    I have a pet chicken named "Sweetart" (because either she's in the mood for love, or she will peck you :lol::lol:) But she can NOT stand to be outside of my house, she keep's almost breaking her wings or feet to get in and she will NOT let ANYTHING hold her back from getting in. But the down side is she poop's EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!! I hate having to clean up after her almost every five seconds:he, Does anybody know if I can potty train her? :fl:fl:fl:fl:fl
     
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    BarnhartChickens98 Crowing

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    I am pretty sure it is impossible to potty train becuz they poop in their sleep.
     
  3. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Wildlife Biologist

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    Not gonna happen. Chickens go where they please and in the most unfortunate times (like when one jumps on your shoulder while cleaning out the nest boxes).
     
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  4. Acre4Me

    Acre4Me Crowing

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    They sell diapers for chickens. This is what people who have a pet/indoor chicken use if they allow it to roam the house.
     
  5. Stargazer04

    Stargazer04 Chirping

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    I Bought her a diaper and she went NUT'S trying to throw it off. I dont want to put her back with the other chickens because they try to kill her :(
     
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    danceswithronin Crowing

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    Nope, they can't be potty-trained because they have no real way to control their bowel movements or "hold it in". When they gotta go they go, lol.
     
  7. LikeTurkeys

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    Or your head.
     
  8. Acre4Me

    Acre4Me Crowing

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    Sounds like a separate area of the run for her might be best. She can still get the social chicken interaction, but not get killed while getting the interaction.
     
  9. Stiletto

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    I clicked here hoping for replies with actual instructions or experience, as I saw on another thread recently a poster say that it is possible to toilet train a chicken. However, when asked, they didn't explain how, just said it was online somewhere.

    A web search does yield results, the first two hits are posts on this forum.

    You'll need a lot of patience. If you're not familiar with "clicker training" I suggest reading up on that first, to understand what you're doing and how it works; you'll find a lot in relation to dogs, though the concept is the same with any animal.

    Good luck and please keep us posted if you do decide to train her!
     
  10. Acre4Me

    Acre4Me Crowing

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    LOL. Once a new-mom co-worker told me (quite seriously) that you CAN potty-train a baby as young as 4-months old! They read about it somewhere! 4-month old babies cant even sit up, so seems dubious and more like the parent is trained to stress over potty training their infant! definitely chuckle-worthy.

    As another poster noted, chickens poop in their sleep. Mammals do not do this and seek out a spot to relieve themselves. Birds walk, poop, and keep walking - it just happens whenever/wherever. And if someone has THAT much patience to try to potty train a chicken - they have way more time than the majority of people to invest in such an endeavor.
     

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