Wy pet chickens need company

To keep pet chickens healthy and happy, it's important to make sure they have some company. Here's what you need to know

How many chickens to keep

  • We recommend keeping at least three hens that get on well together 
  • Cockerels (male chickens) shouldn't be kept together unless they've grown up together and get on well
  • Never try to restrict cockerels' movement or access to try to prevent the natural noise of their crowing
Two hens outdoors on grass © Andrew Forsyth / RSPCA Photolibrary

Introducing new chickens to the flock

Always be careful about mixing chickens that aren't familiar with each other. Avoid mixing birds with very different body sizes, as this can result in bullying.

Find out more about keeping chickens as pets.

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