Do chickens make good family pets?

This just happens to be one of the questions we get asked every once in a while.

Tame chickens can make very good family pets.  They are relatively low maintenance, and people generally enjoy spending a few minutes with their hens during their day.

However, smaller chickens (such as bantams) are recommended for small children because they are usually gentler and more docile.  There’s quite a bit more that I can say about this, but I don’t want to bore you too much.
Leading from our above discussion … another question a new chicken owner might ask is …

How do you tame a chicken?

Again, a great question. In general, most chickens are “tamed” by regular human contact from the moment they are hatched.

It is possible to tame a “wild” chicken, but it does take a lot of time and effort. For example, gradually get closer to them while feeding, and during the coming days / weeks, gradually move to hand feeding them, and then patting them during feeding, and so on.

All the best,