Inside pet chicken? House chickens?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by quails3, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. quails3

    quails3 Songster

    Mar 6, 2014
    My parents randomly decided to sell their house (after we bought 12 chickens!) and they're talking about buying a house in Edmond Ok. Currently there's a rule to where you can't have backyard chickens unless you have over 30,000 square feet of land.. and we haven't found any houses that are even close to that number.
    So here's my crazy question... what if... I kept two as a pet... kept them inside, or in a garage at night an let them out in a fenced in backyard to give them daylight (and treat them as if they were a dog(I know they're not dogs))
    I know chickens are gross.. and they smell...
    But... I have this one chicken that I'm absolutely obsessed with and I feel like I can't part from her.. she's super small too so I feel like that's a plus (she's a buff Cochin :love ) she's has a clumsy/puppy like personality! Every time she sees me she'll run right to me so I can pick her up.. she'll even lay on my lap so I can pet her.
    The other chicken I would keep is a small Cochin too, but she's a light Cochin not a buff(she's not as sweet, but she's not mean)
    So what do y'all think?
    Could you have a chicken as a pet (technically inside) when there's a rule where you can't have backyard chickens :fl
    I know I'm just in denial and the idea probably can't happen.. I'm just fishing for any kind of hope.:confused:
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  2. twigcrafter

    twigcrafter Songster

    May 5, 2016
    Orange county NY
    First I must disclose that I am an enabler.

    I call my bantams "yard parrots" :oops:
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  3. quails3

    quails3 Songster

    Mar 6, 2014
    "Yard parrots" I like it!
    I thought of going the crazy route and just tell people "it's just my dog!"
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  4. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    My Coop
    Legally you already know the answer, it doesn't matter what you call it, a chicken is a chicken in the eyes of the law.

    It's up to you (and your parents) if you want to try to skirt the law and hope that no neighbors report you.

    Personally I would rather encourage your family to try and find a house further out or in a nearby town that might allow chickens on a smaller lot (so maybe you can keep all of them, outdoors), since you said they're thinking about moving to that town, not that they've already committed to a property.
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  5. quails3

    quails3 Songster

    Mar 6, 2014
    Yes. They've recently started looking at property farther out, so there's still hope.

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