Chickens in the House

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kplchicken, Oct 13, 2007.

  1. kplchicken

    kplchicken In the Brooder

    Jun 26, 2007
    So has anyone ever known of a situations where chickens were kept in a house? My neighbor is keeping 2 or 3 chickens in her spare bedroom. I imagine that it has to be really gross. It seems inhumane to me. What do you think? Are there any laws against this?
  2. joebwe25

    joebwe25 Songster

    Feb 1, 2007
    St. Louis, Mo.
    I don't know about any laws about it, but several people around here have their chickens in their house.
    Not me. I know when they keep them in the house they give them CHICKEN diapers.
  3. Napalongtail

    Napalongtail Longtail Longtimer

    Jan 31, 2007
    NE Washington
    I don't have standard birds in my house, but I do have 7 serama. My husband has built really nice hutches for them . One lives as a trio, 1 lives as a single and the 3 chicks still hang out together. It's really no different than when we kept parrots. I still clean cages weekly and change food and water daily. They're birds...
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I have my two in the house...It's no more mess than having a dog or a cat or a different type of bird. Right now I have a Leghorn Standard hen and a mixed Silkie Cochin bantam hen, but I also used to have a Standard sized Brahma. The animal control officer comes once a year to inspect and he's amazed at how well taken care of they are.
    I DO let mine go out when I'm around to watch over them, so that they can dust bathe and graze on what's left of my brown crispy lawn. [​IMG]
  5. Aun <HIS><

    Aun <HIS>< Songster

    Jun 28, 2007
    New Hampshire
    I have an EE that was injured and in the house for a month healing. She had a chicken diaper, roosted on the door to the entertainment armoir and slept in a cat carrier at night. When it was time to go back to the flock, they were REALLY mean to her, and it took several weeks to get her back in.

    And I asked for a bantam silkie house chicken for Christmas. [​IMG]
    I haven't been this excited for Christmas since I was 12!
  6. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I want to but dh put his foot down. I have an adorable mystery pullet I'd love to diaper and keep in as a pet. She's soo sweet. But dh says no way Hosina, they wake up and start talking waaay to early for him. lol. He is soo patient with my other endless chicken projects so I just let it go. I think it would be fun though. [​IMG]
  7. earthnut

    earthnut Songster

    Sep 18, 2007
    Seattle, Cascadia
    I would if I didnt have a yard. I don't see how it would be any different than any other pet bird. As long as they're cared for, it's no more cruel than keeping any animal indoors. I may do it with a rooster, depending on my ambitions after the eggs hatch. (to spare my neighbors the crowing)

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