Melody’s Pet Chickens Living in The House
Melody’s Pet Chickens
by Robert Hudson
Melody never imagined she would have pet chickens, especially living in her house!
“We inherited 8 hens with the home we bought. Then we adopted a rooster I helped rescue (he was dumped by the airport). After that one hen got broody and we let her sit on eggs. 5 hatched and we ended up with 3 more roosters and 2 more hens.”
She did not know what to expect from these funny fowl, but soon realized they had quite the personality.
“I didn’t expect to be so attached to them and find them so cute and entertaining. They’re fun to watch,” Melody told me.
Melody’s Pet Chickens- Building the Bond
Building a bond with the birds was slow at first. While roaming outside, they slowly approached Melody for food and acclimated to her presence. Then Melody started letting them in the house and their bond grew closer. “In the house they’re more calm and easy to pick up. They don’t even mind the cats. They just wander around or find a place to nap.”
Melody’s Pet Chickens- Pooping in the House
But what about the poop? Bird poop is…well, disgusting. You cannot housebreak a bird. Any kind of bird. When they have to poop, they just poop wherever they are. “They make diapers. I use disposable face masks.”
Melody also fosters cats and has 12 cats of her own. Twenty five foster cats reside in their own building on her property. The chickens are kept company by two ducks.
“They’re my babies, just like the kitties (and the ducks we inherited as well).”