Indoor chicken hutch/cage/coop ideas?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by renge, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. renge

    renge Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm planning to add either a silkie or a polish bantam as an indoor chicken :D i'm planing to just keep one hen (or maybe a pair if i get hooked with the cute hen), and have been doing some research. Most people seem recommend the wire type of cage with the tray below (usually used for rabbits i guess), but i STRONGLY do like how it looks... Any ideas for an indoor cage or hutch that will look less-cagey and more homey? I'm planing to keep her either in the living room, or if she is neat enough, in the bedroom corner or something. So in a nutshell i need ideas for an indoor coop/cage is pretty small but not cramped (good for one to two bantam chickens), that is homey and creative, and preferably neat and easy to clean :) ANDDDD If you keep an indoor chicken, your experience will be great! :) Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Time-Out

    Time-Out Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You'll want a minimum of two. You could home a cockerel as a friend for her and do a good deed in the process. I don't like the idea of keeping chickens in cages permanently; that's like a factory farm.

    Chickens produce industrial amounts of dust. I hope you've factored that into the equation, because I'm not kidding! We had three bantams and a LF in the house for two weeks. Everything, I mean EVERYTHING was coated in a thick white layer and you just couldn't breathe. Ugh. They were there for show pen training. After two weeks, I'd had enough and kicked them back out lol

    If you go for the guinea pig cage style, the chickens will kick the bedding out everywhere. You'll want something more along the lines of a large vivarium with dust extractor fans for ventilation.
    Chickens also need to take dustbaths. Do you have a yard they could roam about in during the day?
     
  3. renge

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    the cage will be more of night sleeping places and places for them to relax after the cuddle and playtime.... i guess in the day time (especially when im around), they will be wearing those cute diapers made for chickens, and roaming the house lol

    hmmm im worried about the dust... do you think they create more dust then a large parrots? we keep quiet a number of small animals so we are quite used to wood shaving and hay dust, and we did have several parrots, in the past...but never experience a white layer of dust yet o_O guess if they are staying indoor, they will be staying in the living room then!

    will definitely consider those vivariums. currently have four lined up in the corner of my living room for my hamsters, and i guess i can add a huge one next to it. do you have any size suggestions? hahaha i do not have a yard (i'm currently living in the middle of the cities, but my apartment is complete with a terrace that is full of garden plants), but they will be roaming the house, plus i have this feeling that i'll be walking them just like how i walk my rabbits, or well, obviously my dog lol
     

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