I HAVE A 3 Y.O. DUTCH BANTAM SERVICE ROOSTER. MELVIN IS AN ONLY 'HOUSE CHICKEN'.... LAST JULY WE SPENT $1300.00 TO SAVE HIS LIFE. 3 VETS LATER.. HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH 'LEAD POISONING'....HE WAS NEGATIVE FOR ANY AND ALL PARASITES...BUT WENT THRU CHILATION THERAPY. I FOUND OUT AVIAN VETS DO NOT WORK ON CHICKENS. MELVIN EATS, SLEEPS [UNDER THE COVERS], GOES SHOPPING AND GOES TO RESTAURANTS WITH ME. HE WALKS ON A LEASH AND POOPS ON COMMAND. MELVIN LIVES WITH OUR CHIHUAHUAS AND RULES THE CANINES. HE IS ON FACEBOOK AS MELVIN T. ROO [MELVIN THE ROOSTER] AND ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEIGHBORS IN THE GARDENS OF TIME. HE IS ON MY SHOULDER WATCHING ANIMAL PLANET AS I AM TYPING THIS. YES...HE KNOWS HOW TO TURN ON THE TV. I RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING EMAIL FROM A FELLOW DOG CLUB MEMBER. [[[Just so you know............ For reasons of my, and my pet's health , the chicken/rooster is not allowed in my house, in or out of the bag, crate, or any other container. Plus, in consideration for the insured health of my grooming clients, and my own animals, I do not want him going to "the bathroom" in my yard anywhere that they might walk their dogs. I know you think he is healthy, but I, honestly, am not so sure.]]] MY QUESTION IS..... DOES THIS PERSON HAVE ANY LIGITIMATE CONCERNS? 3 YEARS AGO I GAVE HER 5 OF MELVINS' HATCH MATES. I BOUGHT THE EGGS ON EBAY AND HATCHED THEM. HE WAS TEXAS LAID AND MAINE BORN. OF THE 17 THAT HATCHED.... HE PICKED ME. HE IS THE SMARTEST ANIMAL I HAVE EVER OWNED. I RECENTLY LOST MY 87 Y.O. MOTHER AND THIS BIRD CRIED ALONG WITH ME. HE IS SO SENSITIVE TO MY NEEDS. THANK YOU FOR ANY FEEDBACK ANYONE MAY HAVE.