Keeping Chickens as Pets 0 179

Keeping chickens as pets
Keeping chickens as pets
A pet chicken

Chickens can be wonderful pets for adults of all ages. As consumers, we take chickens for granted, but unless an individual or a family decides to raise chickens, most of us never discover how incredible these birds are. Chickens are a great way for kids to learn how to raise livestock.

Chickens are extremely intelligent and social animals. Chickens love to play; they play with each other and will also play with humans. Chickens are very social animals and need lots of company pretty much like we humans do. So ensure that you buy at least a dozen or so chickens. In this way, the chickens will be happy and you will also get used to caring for the chickens as well.

While most chickens are kept on farms to produce eggs and are used for their meat, many chickens are also kept as pets by urban and suburban people. A few decades ago, keeping chicken as pets became very popular. Having eggs that were homegrown also became very popular, and chicken owners also found that chickens got rid of insects and larvae.

If you’re thinking about keeping chickens as pets, there are a lot of things to consider:

For one, you need to make sure that you have enough space for your chickens. Of course, the more space the better. If you are keeping the chickens in a coop, you need at least 10 square feet per chicken. They love to have room to forage. It’s best to have plenty of outdoor space for them, but if you live in an urban area, you will need to keep them confined so that they do not disturb neighbors. If they have a small run area, also keep in mind that they will scratch up the soil and dig holes for dust baths.

Are you able to dedicate the proper amount of time every day to care for your chickens? While they are pretty much low-maintenance pets, chickens do need maintenance and care. If you can’t spend the right amount of time with your chickens, then perhaps they aren’t for you.

If it’s legal to keep chickens as pets in your town, you must consider the neighbors’ approval, especially if they live close to you. It’s a good idea to talk with them to answer any questions or concerns they may have. Your neighbors won’t mind the fresh, free eggs that are in store for them, that’s for sure!

Finally, make sure that you can afford to take care of your chickens properly. It costs money to build coops and purchase the supplies, not to mention buy the chickens themselves. So even though you will be getting “free” eggs, there is a cost to maintaining your brood.

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Teach your budgie to talk 0 787

Teach your budgie to talk

Budgies can make great pets in smaller homes or apartments and, what’s more, you can spend time teaching your budgie to talk to enhance your relationship and create a rewarding bond with your bird.

How to teach a budgie to talk

Budgies are sociable birds, so the initial step in teaching your pet to talk is to ensure the cage is located in an area where social interactions happen frequently. Budgies will mimic the sound of human voices and conversations, so the more opportunity your budgie has to listen to you speaking, the greater chance he will learn to talk. Spending time bonding with your budgie and hand training him is another important factor in the language learning process, as tame budgies are more likely to speak than untrained birds. Ideally, you should only have one budgie in the home if teaching your bird to speak is an important consideration. A pair of budgies will interact with each other and be less interested in learning to interact with humans.

Regular word repetition and word association

Once your budgie is trained to sit on your hand quietly you can start the process of teaching him to talk. You should speak to him in an enthusiastic manner, as this will excite him and motivate him to speak back to you. Budgies adopting a language learning mode will have dilated eye pupils and stare intently at your mouth. Always greet your budgie when you arrive home and say goodbye when you leave. He will also learn individual words if you repeat them to him on a regular basis. Regular word repetition and word association helps budgies to learn.

Talk to your budgie regularly

Your budgie is capable of learning single words and short phrases, so taking the time to talk with him on a regular basis will enhance his learning capabilities. When he begins to talk his words and phrases may be unintelligible but if you provide constant verbal encouragement to him his attempts at speech will soon make sense.

Find out more about caring for budgies

The top 10 exotic pets you can buy today 0 348

What are your top 10 exotic pets? Here's our list...
Pet hedgehog

If you’re looking for a new friend for your home who is a little different from the norm, purchasing an exotic pet is an excellent idea. Here are our top ten exotic pets you can buy today:

1. Bearded Dragon Lizard

These gentle beasts make fantastic pets. They are fairly low maintenance, can be kept in aquariums and they love to be played with.

2. Hedgehog

Although you might be used to seeing them in your back garden, hedgehogs are wonderfully cute and adorably shy creatures you can turn into your new best friend.

3. Southern Tamandua

You might already know that this is the less common name for ant-eaters, but did you know they are also kept in homes as an exotic pet?

4. Chanterelle Fennec Fox

This small species of fox could be the next addition to your household. They are fun-loving and full of excited energy, so be prepared to get worn out!

5. Green Iguana

If you’re looking for a chilled out buddy, this is the guy for you. With their mysterious, large eyes and slow, meditative nature, you’ll feel like you’re hanging with Yoda.

6. Hermit Crab

These fascinating creatures are actually nothing like shy teenagers. They make great first pets for young ones, as long as you’re conscientious about keeping their aquarium maintained.

7. Capybara

You might have your hands full with one of these chew-loving creatures, but they’re also a lot of fun. They are sociable and love water, so if you’ve got a lake and a lot of space, this might be the pet for you.

8. Llama

llamas often have a soft nature, are clean and super friendly. Make sure you’ve got a nice big field to keep them in.

9. Silver Fox

Originally from Siberia, this glossy-coated fox is a noble creature and will set you back a fair sum.

10. Turtle

The humble turtle. Great for kids and adults alike! They are relatively easy to maintain and absolutely adorable!

Those are our current top 10 exotic pets – but what do you think? Let us know in the comments, then check out our top 5 exotic pets for small homes