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QI have had chickens for years, but numbers have reduced recently and now I only have two. They have the run of my yard and garden and while they have a coop they insist on coming into my house in the evening. We have treat time in the kitchen, they groom on a rug in front of the TV and eventually they roost on a bookcase. I put them out first thing in the morning right from the roost and then clean up minimal waste from the evening before from my hardwood floor. I don’t mind. I’m wondering, however, am I being a sap, or should I train them to be in the coop? I can do that, but I would miss them.
AMichelle Dunn says: This is an interesting question. People keep chickens for all sorts of reasons and there is no doubt that they make excellent companions and can become much-loved pets. As I can see from the picture, your chickens are not the only ones that enjoy relaxing in front of the television. Your two chickens are clearly very at home in your house and you are happy for them to be there. They have the run of your yard and garden during the day and a safe place to roost at night — this is a good life for a chicken. The main purpose of a coop is to keep chickens safe at night, and it certainly sounds as though your two are safe from predators when they are sleeping on your bookcase. If you and your chickens are both happy with the arrangement, there is no problem at all. The only thing I would suggest is to consider getting another couple of birds. If you were to lose one of your current pair, the other one would be lonely and miserable and would find it very hard to adapt to new companions. A flock of four would be good company for you and each other (and hopefully won’t add too much additional mess).
Sometimes a keeper enjoys the company of his/ her chickens in their own house