Chickens as House Pets?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Comin' to get the Bubba, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. Comin' to get the Bubba

    Comin' to get the Bubba In the Brooder

    Jun 12, 2018
    Hi everyone!
    I live in KY and I'm wondering if anyone keeps chickens as house pets. I read silkies are very good pets --- I'm interested in this, especially because so many chickens get preyed upon.

    I'd like to get some fertile eggs and hatch them out so the chickens would be more bonded to me.............thoughts? Tips? Thanks
  2. N F C

    N F C happy spring!

    Dec 12, 2013

    There are people that keep chickens (and other poultry) as house pets. If you use the search feature, you'll find several post links to other members keeping chickens that way.

    Thanks for joining us, best of luck with your plans!
  3. snow5164

    snow5164 Crowing

    May 16, 2015
    I’ve had chicks in my basement and I can tell you that the respiratory issues I developed was not worth the convenience.

    Chickens have dander that is in the air , on the walls and floors. You breath that into your lungs and then if you’re me you start wheezing and sounding like a chain smoker ( no offence to smokers), they need to dust bathe, eat grass...

    Now silkies have a downy hair like feather but I’m thinking the skin dander would be the same ...but I’m not sure .

    Good luck deciding , silkies are great I love mine a lot
  4. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

    Mar 31, 2011
    Woodland, CA
    My Coop

    Welcome to Backyard Chickens!

    House chickens can be messy. Some do have them though!

    Silkies or other bantams seem best for house pets. One thing though, if you hatch eggs you will get roosters....and crowing all day in your house!
  5. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

    Feb 28, 2017
    Florida Peninsula
    My Coop
    Cleaning up after my family is a full time task. I can't imagine poultry mixed with my indoor swine (har har)- unless I had rubber chickens.

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  6. 4 Georgia Hens

    4 Georgia Hens Crowing

    Jan 3, 2017
    Northern Georgia
    Hello! I have had 2 house pet silkies, and honestly, I won’t do it again. The mess is just CRAZY! I did (try to) use diapers, but my birds just never got used to it. I don’t think that chickens are meant to be indoors. Believe me, when I (finally) gave mine a coop outside, they were so much happier and healthier. Oh, and BTW, (at least from my experiences) silkies usually don’t live past a year old. If you want a longer term chicken, I recommend the Cochin.

    In my opinion, keeping an indoor chicken is not as rewarding as some may say. The birds are supposed to be outside, and they are so much happier and healthier when they can live how God designed them to!

    Good luck!
  7. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

    Mar 31, 2011
    Woodland, CA
    My Coop
    Thanks for sharing your experience!
  8. 4 Georgia Hens

    4 Georgia Hens Crowing

    Jan 3, 2017
    Northern Georgia
  9. MROO

    MROO Free Ranging

    Our Blue-Splash Silkie, Herman, is a house-rooster. He was the only survivor of a poorly shipped batch of peeps from a major hatchery that will remain nameless. As a sick "only," he got a great deal of attention as a baby and is so seriously bonded to people that he really has no idea that he's a chicken. He sleeps inside, in a dog kennel, but goes outside whenever it's his turn in the play-run or when anyone can supervise him (because we have hawks.) Because Herman is not aware that he is a chicken, he gets along with any and all of our other birds, including the roosters. Because he's so affable, he gets run-time pretty much every day. When he doesn't, we make sure he gets to accompany us on chore duty. I think his favorite job is probably weeding the garden. So many bugs, so little time!

    On yucky days, or really, really hot ones, he stays inside. Although he'll wear a diaper, he's not too happy about it, but at least he'll tolerate it. The other thing he tolerates indoors is our cat clan - four of them. He's just one more fuzzy among fuzzies, I guess. Our new pup is another matter. We're still working on her. She likes stuffies, and to her, Herman is just another chew toy. For now, Herman is only allowed out and about when Skye is outside or otherwise occupied. He is considerably less than happy about the situation, I can assure you!

    So, a house chicken can work, and you don't have to start with hatching eggs. Peeps will work, or I'm sure you can find someone who has an extra young cockerel or pullet. And if you're going to keep them in the house, don't keep more than one or two. @snow5164 is right about the mess and the respiratory issues. If anyone in your house is asthmatic, you'll want to keep your biddies outside. If you do opt for an indoor chicken, you'll have to keep after it every day. The dust and bedding mess is incredible!
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  10. 007Sean

    007Sean Addict

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy :frow and welcome to BYC!

    Thanks for joining us! Best wishes to you and your endeavors in house chickens. :)
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