Pet Chickens in Virginia

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Postby jyoung » Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:58 pm

Is there a breed of chickens that you consider more of a Pet Chicken than as livestock? Do the conditions in which they live (coop, free range, living room, play house) affect their pet chicken status. If they wear chicken diapers does that make them pets? Does the amount of chicken you own change their status from pet to hobby farmer. If you got your pet chicken from a swap or from McMurray's hatchery affect their pet chicken status? :CDance
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Postby justhushup » Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:36 pm

I think ALL chickens are livestock and should be treated as so. If it can't be tought to go outside and use the restroom or use a pan it belongs outside. Only babies need diapers. Just my humble but loud opinion :twisted: .

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Postby WaterFrontFarms » Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:31 am

i dont know about the diapers but if you could get them to use a litter box.......chickens are livestock but are considered pets too. a few petco stores are selling chicken feed and waterers and hutches in an effort to cash in on the urban chicken movement. chickens ;the pet that feeds you breakfast.
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Postby jyoung » Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:30 am

So would you say that chickens are dual purpose and play the roll or pet chickens and livestock? Are their other animals that fit this same niche?
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Postby justhushup » Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:56 am

I am all for treating your chickens right and making sure they are cared for and healthy. I just think treating them like a cat or dog is a bit much. Only my opinion and don't care if you do or don't treat them as a pet.

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Postby bishopschickens » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:19 am

Wouldn't anything that can be domesticated also be able to be a pet. I have owned chickens far smarter than say a hampster or guinea pig. They can come to their name or steal food off your plate at a BBQ (one particular Barred Rock Rooster we owned). And I have heard of people potty training a Rooster before as well.
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Postby justhushup » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:27 am

LOL i forgot about that Heather. We had a party for the 4th of july one year. Everyone was sitting outside chatting (about 15 people) and this rooster we owned would run around and beg for food to every person. Someone threw a piece of BBQ to him and he gobbled it up. Then ran over and was jumping up at my grandmother eating the BBQ off her plate lol.

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Postby justhushup » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:29 am

I don't know I suppose naming your chickens and what not makes them a pet. Just for some reason I think in the house, diapers, vet visits ect just cross a line. I dunno?

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Postby jyoung » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:33 am

We named all of our chickens but I can't tell the like breeds apart so while they have names we don't really use any of them.
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Postby scratchindirt » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:35 am

If someone wants a chicken as a pet I guess that's their business. We've had pet chickens, sheep, cows, crows, deer, goats, etc. My son will probably bring in some kind of strange pet before the day is through. :shock:
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Postby jyoung » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:43 am

I'm surprised a pet lizard isn't on that list.
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Postby scratchindirt » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:47 am

jyoung wrote:I'm surprised a pet lizard isn't on that list.



Oh believe me.....I've omitted a whole lot of items from that list.
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Postby justhushup » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:48 am

If someone wants a chicken as a pet I guess that's their business. We've had pet chickens, sheep, cows, crows, deer, goats, etc. My son will probably bring in some kind of strange pet before the day is through.



LOL my 2 year old has learned things fit in his pockets and he finds stuff in the yard to put in his pockets. Can't wait for the day something I care less for finds it's way into the house.

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Postby AlisonJ_SFW2 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:28 pm

justhushup wrote:
If someone wants a chicken as a pet I guess that's their business. We've had pet chickens, sheep, cows, crows, deer, goats, etc. My son will probably bring in some kind of strange pet before the day is through.



LOL my 2 year old has learned things fit in his pockets and he finds stuff in the yard to put in his pockets. Can't wait for the day something I care less for finds it's way into the house.

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Postby bishopschickens » Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:34 am

Well I was the one with the infatuatin with reptiles when I was little. Snakes, horny toads, salamanders, whatever I've had it at one point or the other. I even had a "pet" rattle snake once. Granted I never petted it.
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Postby jyoung » Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:14 pm

Got a good scare at a Stetson shop with the ole rattle snake eggs in an envelope when I was a kid. I don't remember finding it as funny as the salesman. :dynamite
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Postby justhushup » Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:02 pm

Jason I remember when I was a kid someone brought one of those things to school. Bought s$&) myself lol!

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Postby Buffalo Bee Farm » Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:13 am

I have always felt a close personal connection with the horney toad myself...
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Postby flockofchickens » Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:12 am

Our chickens are part of our family. Just as our horses, dogs, and cats are. But as part of the family they have responsibilities to fulfill. The chickens give us eggs, the horses give us recreation and keep our fields from overgrowing, the dogs ward off predators, and the cats keep the rodent population down. Is anyone buying this? ;) Oh, we have a house bunny, too, but I couldn't think of a single responsibility for him except to be cute and cuddly.
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Postby lynpea » Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:29 am

AlisonJ_SFW2 wrote:
justhushup wrote:
If someone wants a chicken as a pet I guess that's their business. We've had pet chickens, sheep, cows, crows, deer, goats, etc. My son will probably bring in some kind of strange pet before the day is through.



LOL my 2 year old has learned things fit in his pockets and he finds stuff in the yard to put in his pockets. Can't wait for the day something I care less for finds it's way into the house.

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Postby justhushup » Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:33 am

LOL I bet Lynn and thanks for the heads up :-D

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Postby bishopschickens » Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:22 am

flockofchickens wrote:Our chickens are part of our family. Just as our horses, dogs, and cats are. But as part of the family they have responsibilities to fulfill. The chickens give us eggs, the horses give us recreation and keep our fields from overgrowing, the dogs ward off predators, and the cats keep the rodent population down. Is anyone buying this? ;) Oh, we have a house bunny, too, but I couldn't think of a single responsibility for him except to be cute and cuddly.



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Postby justhushup » Sat Oct 02, 2010 10:20 pm

Yeah we have a female rabbit that really doesn't serve us any purpose but our 2 year old loves her to death. While we would like to sell her at the same time I enjoy watching our son every day run into the shed and get two hand full's of feed. Run up to her cage and put it in her feeder. May end up moving her into something that he can handle her a bit more than he does now. Right now if she were to get lose she could take off.

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Postby heavensgatefarm » Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:17 pm

justhushup wrote:Yeah we have a female rabbit that really doesn't serve us any purpose but our 2 year old loves her to death.


She is definitely serving a purpose! She is teaching your son to love an animal and be responsible for it. That is a priceless contribution to the family, and one that so few children get to experience today.
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Postby justhushup » Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:21 pm

She is definitely serving a purpose! She is teaching your son to love an animal and be responsible for it. That is a priceless contribution to the family, and one that so few children get to experience today.


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Postby flockofchickens » Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:19 pm

I agree totally. Our daughter wanted the bunny when she was 8 years old. The deal was she could have him but he'd be her responsibility. I didn't want the bunny so I wasn't going to take care of him. Four years later she is still feeding him and cleans his cage and litter box once weekly and vacuums up after him and brushes him. He's a house bunny and his cage is in the TV room right by the kitchen so he's right in the middle of things and it's easy for her to take care of him. How long to bunny's live anyway? :?
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Postby justhushup » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:42 am

I think they can live around 10-12 years. How old is yours?

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Postby jyoung » Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:25 am

I think I would like a bunny better as a pet than a cat. Unless he/she kept pooping on me.
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Postby Stratmoore Farms » Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:36 am

jyoung wrote:I think I would like a bunny better as a pet than a cat. Unless he/she kept pooping on me.


How many would you like? I seem to have quite a few. :-D
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Postby flockofchickens » Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:43 pm

Brandon,

Our bunny is 4 years old this month. I guess we have a long way to go.
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Postby jyoung » Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:14 am

I was talking with a friend and he had a pet rabbit that lived for 13 years.
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