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Where do I get pet chickens?

November 1st, 2006, 07:46 PM
anybody know of pet shops in toronto that sell pet chickens (or baby chicks)?

November 1st, 2006, 09:26 PM
not in a pet store!!

at a farm maybe

November 1st, 2006, 09:37 PM
you may want to check the by laws........i don't think you can keep farm animals within city limits.......i found that out years ago with my pot belly pig.

November 2nd, 2006, 05:49 AM
I'm wondering why anyone would be looking for chickens as pets? They are commercially bred to produce bulk fast and their longevity is about 10 months. Laying Hens about 4 years.

November 2nd, 2006, 09:39 AM
depending on the breed you want, you can type the name into google with your location, there are many fancy breeds out there, my banty rooster, chic a boom, lived with us for 7 yrs and would ride the horses with us all the time, eat with the dogs and cats, they are real cuddlers.

November 2nd, 2006, 10:02 AM
hehe when I was little I had pet chickens at my grandparents' house...yard(in Europe). To me it seemed like they lived for a long time but I was really young.

It's better if you buy them when they;re white, not when they still have the yellow fluff because those are more sensitive and have a higher risk of dying.

November 2nd, 2006, 04:03 PM
We have chickens.They like to be scratched and if you have food they love you.I enjoy watching them interact with eachother and they do all have different personalities.Our roosters are more outgoing than most of the hens.I wouldn't advise keeping a rooster in town pretty loud very early.

November 2nd, 2006, 05:47 PM
You know what came to mind when I saw this,
those tiny dwarf chickens that are not much bigger
that button quail. I cant remember the name of them,
though I wish I could. Gorgeous little birds, the Japanese
are very fond of them because they are small enough to keep
inside in a cage.

Angie J
January 3rd, 2007, 07:40 PM
Ok... I know I'm a bit late to jump in on this but I have a story.

We have pet chickens. Once the gate to our coop was improperly closed and the neighbours dog got in and chased down and killed every one.... well, except 1, who hid under some stacked wood. She didn't get away unscathed though and had a broken leg and wing.

All of her friends were dead and I couldn't stand the idea of leaving her alone all day in the chicken house, in the dark, in pain. So, when I got up in the morning I would collect her and put her in a small pail. While I was working in the garden I would sit her in the warm sun and hand feed her worms. When it got too hot I would put her in the shade and offer her a drink from a ladel and offer more worms.

In time she healed, and I was glad, as I had originally wanted my hubby to put her out of her misery (me of little faith). She began to follow us into the garden and wait for us to overturn the soil and be offered her worms. HUbby would sometimes get up before me and when I would wake I would find him on the porch, having coffe and stroking the chicken...(KFC, she was we thought of her as "chicken in a bucket"). The odd time she would lean on in and have a sip of coffee for, we never did get her her own cup.... but, she would have liked it!

Yup, if you get them young enough...or crippled enough... chickens make better pets than I could ever have imagined. (We never had a rooster.... as...(shhhhhhh) we lived in town

Angie J

January 3rd, 2007, 07:53 PM
We had chickens. I never really found they made good pets like a cat or dog obviously. But if you hand raise them at least they are tame. We got ours at our local feed store. You can also order them online at several hatchery sites. We actually got our ducks sent to us in the mail! Good luck!

Golden Girls
January 4th, 2007, 10:12 AM
You can order ducks and they mail them to you :eek:

January 4th, 2007, 10:36 AM
Laying hens every where here for free :sad: :frustrated: in the local classified magazine.
Poor ladies.:sad: Lay all summer for someone, earn their keep and when winter starts to roll around.... too much work to heat the coop:sad: :frustrated: give em away.:mad:

January 5th, 2007, 01:48 AM
I love chickens/hens.:love: They are great pets if you like chickens, they make adorable little cooing noises and sit in your lap like cats! I think they should have a big yard though and you need to keep them safe from racoons etc. If they were in an apartment they'd make quite a poopy mess.

Laying hens every where here for free in the local classified magazine.Poor ladies. Lay all summer for someone, earn their keep and when winter starts to roll around.... too much work to heat the coop give em away. Aww that makes me sad.:sad:

got our ducks sent to us in the mail!
That's risky isn't it?:(

January 5th, 2007, 06:08 AM
Actually it's quite safe! Right before they hatch they absorb the yolk which is loaded with nutrients that allows them to go 3-4 days without food or water. I guess this is because if they are hatched in the wild hatching can take that long for all the chicks to get out. They have a limit order, most of the time it's 10. That way they huddle together for warmth. We've only ever had one arrive sickly, and it would probably have died anyway. Nature has a way of culling out the weak. IT's fascinating and the postal service loves it. They check on them and stuff.

marsupial mama
February 16th, 2007, 10:37 AM
my friend in England has backyard chickens. There's a company there that sells "egglus" which are little chicken houses. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post the website so I won;t, but if you google pet chickens you might find it.

I would love backyard chickens myself BUT my city has BYLAWS and I have neighbours who would probably report me... <sigh> Although I would prefer the occasional cock-a-doodle-do to the incessant barking of a bored or lonely dog any day LOL. And hens just cluck quietly. Well, most of the time.

You have to be careful with bylaws in the Toronto area. Although I saw a couple of hens in a backyard in Scarboro once. Owned by immigrants from Latin America. I thought that was cool!

You would have to go out of the city to buy them. Check out the small towns and rural areas. My friend's mom bought some from a Mennonite farmer near London (Ontario) and she bought a bunch of birds (peacocks, silkies etc ) at an annual Fur and Feather sale, I think it was in Mount Forest.

February 16th, 2007, 10:54 AM
My grandmother had pet chickens - Rhode Island reds, they each had names. They laid eggs and while I am not a vegetarian, I hate to think now of who ate them. They all had names and lived in a heated section in the barn. They could be very bossy about their area too, lol But I can understand someone wanting chickens as pets, just not in a city. It is not allowed here and gram lived in a rural area.

If you know any farmers, you might visit some and see what is available. There is a whole network out there. And get healthy chickens born from mothers not fed antibiotics and other chemicals.