Chicken has learned to use doggie door

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LAChickenLady, Mar 14, 2015.

  1. LAChickenLady

    LAChickenLady In the Brooder

    Jul 20, 2014
    One of our girls is crazy about coming into the house to try to find a place to lay. She's only been laying for about six weeks, and has found some unusual places. At one point, we discovered she was laying on the roof of our garage (yes, she no longer has access), she has also laid on the cement of our laundry room. Obviously, we discourage her from coming inside, but have returned home to see her there. Other than the obvious poop issue, do we need to worry about it being dangerous or unhealthy in any way?

    Again, this is not something we encourage, but she has done it when we're not home. Today, we put a couple wooden eggs in the nesting boxes and are really hoping she'll take to them. (yes, this is a shot of her eating our dog's wet food. I couldn't resist).

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  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    She has declared herself part of the family!

    There are people who allow chickens in their home- I am not one of them so I don't have anything to say on it, but the photo is REALLY cute!
  3. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Songster

    Nov 30, 2007
    emmet MI
    Well, you wouldn't want them perched on the bathroom sink, pooping on the toothbrushes! You would have to child proof your home as if you have an eight foot tall baby! They are strong enough to knock over and break many things! That glass fruit bowl on the kitchen counter, uh uh, Grandma's urn on the mantel, better move it! You get the idea. [​IMG]
  4. LAChickenLady

    LAChickenLady In the Brooder

    Jul 20, 2014
    We have a Great Dane, it's been giant puppy proofed. Like I said, we don't are aren't going to encourage it. I just wanted to be sure there isn't anything dangerous, disease wise, if they do come in. Blocking off the dog door is not an option, I'd rather have a little chicken poop, than Great Dane poop to clean up any day!
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Keep her confined to coop and run until she lays each day for a few weeks to establish the habit of using the coop nest to lay.
    Repeat as necessary.

    I would think that the dogs would clean up after the chicken in the house.
    As long as you don't have kids crawling on the floor, the health risk to you and your dogs is negligible.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2015
  6. N F C

    N F C booooo!

    Dec 12, 2013
    That's a hilarious photo!

    The dog doesn't look too happy sharing. How do you dogs get along with your birds?

    HOLWACHAGOT In the Brooder

    Feb 16, 2015
    Dog looks very put out! Great pic!

  8. chickmommy1985

    chickmommy1985 In the Brooder

    Mar 1, 2015
    I'm loving the dogs face in the pic! He is like what is this chicken doing! And on a side note we have a great dane also! They are such great dogs!

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