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Chickens as pets

Two hens outdoors on grass © Andrew Forsyth / RSPCA Photolibrary

Always contact a vet if you are concerned about the health and welfare of your chickens.


Before getting any chickens it’s important you consider if you have the time, resources, commitment, knowledge and facilities to care for them.


Anyone keeping 50 or more birds is required by Defra to register with the Great Britain Poultry Register, in order to help the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency get in touch in the event of any disease outbreaks. We highly recommend that anyone with any number of birds, even one or two, registers in order to receive any disease alerts and guidance.


Take a look at the following pages for some more important considerations for anyone considering or already keeping pet chickens.

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