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Company for chickens kept as pets

How many chickens to keep?

  • We recommend that people keep at least three hens (female chickens) which get on well together. 
  • Cockerels (male chickens) should not be kept together, unless they have grown up together and get on well.


  • No method of restricting movement or access to facilities must be employed in order to prevent the natural noise of cockerels crowing.

Introducing new chickens to the flock

  • Mixing of chickens that are unfamiliar with each other should be done carefully. 
  • Mixing birds with very different body sizes should be avoided, as this can result in bullying.
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