House chickens (chickens who live inside your home with you) are becoming increasingly popular worldwide. Chickens may become house pets when they have a disability or other disadvantage which inhibits them from thriving in a typical flock environment, when they are recovering from an illness or injury, or when you find yourself needing more companionship (chickens make excellent companions!).
Traditional stereotypical beliefs which regard chickens and other poultry as being ‘dirty’, and "unhealthy" are simply untrue. Keeping a chicken indoors is no different from keeping a pet parrot, dog, cat, or any other pet. It all comes down to how you manage their environment.
There are different ways of managing house chickens. Some birds are given full access to the house, others are restricted to certain rooms or fenced off play areas. You can’t really potty train a chicken, however their poop is small and quick and easy to clean up on certain floor types such as tile or hardwood. Some people use chicken diapers, which you can buy on Etsy or Amazon, which come with liners and easy to clean. If birds are restricted to certain areas, towels or puppy pee pads work well and are fairly easy to just throw in the wash. At night, house chickens are usually given a certain cage or area with a roosting bar or cozy bed for them to sleep.
House Chicken versus Dog
There are numerous reasons why chickens are much better house companions then dogs. Here is a fun infographic showcasing the reasons why you need a house chicken: