House chickens (aka keeping chickens inside your home with you) are becoming increasingly popular worldwide. Sometimes it’s because the bird has a disability or other disadvantage which inhibits them from thriving in a typical flock environment, is recovering from an illness or injury, or it may be purely for 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 than keeping a dog, cat, or any other pet. It all comes down to how you manage the environment in which they live.
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 other cozy bed for them to sleep.
Advantages of Keeping a House Chicken instead of a Dog
In retrospect, a chicken in many ways is actually easier to care for and clean up after then a dog. First of all, chickens don’t have fur so they don’t shed. They have feathers, which they groom themselves (referred to as preening). Handling a dog’s feces (which you are required to clean up even when walking them outside in many places) without washing your hands puts you at just as much of a risk of picking up diseases then handling chicken poop, which is much smaller and easier to clean.