My pet chicken Henrietta



I wonder if this is as close as I will get to owning a chicken?
I mentioned to a friend a wee while ago the idea of owning a chicken. We were talking about children's pet options at the time. She thought it rather hilarious really (we live in the suburbs you see), but she suggested that it would be called Henrietta :)
So it was quite fitting really when she found this biscuit jar for me for my birthday.

new biscuit jar

Perfect huh. We filled it with orange ginger biscuits last week, but they are all gone now, so some more baking is on the agenda today. It's quite comforting on rainy wintery days, like today, to be able to put your hand into a biscuit jar filled with sweet treats.



And while we're on the subject of chickens as pets - you know, really, if you sat down with pen and paper, to write a list of pros and cons, I think a chicken would actually come out looking quite good. Of course it wouldn't really be wanting to curl up on your knee for a pat, and it wouldn't jump around and wag it's tail feathers when you returned home to it. But, you wouldn't have to take it for a run, and it wouldn't shed it's hair all over your sofa cushions, and, it would eat all your food rubbish and turn them into delicious eggs for breakfast! Do you think Aaron would be convinced?

12 comments

Sharonnz said...

We would love chookies here but our council bylaws are pretty darn prohibitive. I say if you can, then do it!

Raggedy Sana said...

I can happily state Chickens are great pets, if you get the right breed. I have had them for a few years now (had ducks before that). My Maran, called Asparagus is so friendly I have caught her in the bath, she comes in regularly and very handelable. I may do a post on them soon actually. Don't get a cockerel and put them in a run or, like me you have to do the daily 'sweep' of the lawn. :) The are a relatively easy pet, but a treat tin is far easier :)

Jessicah Win said...

Oh I'd love some chooks , I think you need to have 3 or they get a bit lonely. I'd build a run for them under the plum tree where they would have shade and plums to eat in summer, and winter sun. I would collect 3 eggs a day and bake lots of cakes and make lots of pasta. Michael doesn't like how they 'flap their wings and run at you' but he's a bit silly really. Shame our council too outlaws it- but I could just say they flew in from over the fence (we back onto a farm, though not a chicken one.)Henrietta, on the other hand doesn't break any coucil bylaws, and looks quite low manitenance!

Laura said...

I had chickens in an inner city suburb in Christchurch... Mary, Elizabeth and Henrietta (inevitably shortened to Henny). They were awesome pets. Ours free ranged the garden and were really friendly. When they heard the garden gate click, they would come running to greet you. I couldn't recommend them highly enough, although they are ferocious on gardens.

hanna said...

hehe, yes this one sure would be less maintenance :) But you guys are convincing me nonetheless!

Mee said...

A chicken would be great-if you can keep it in your yard. I can see a fluffy bossy little bantam...or two. And then you could set her on some eggs when she went clucky and extend the chooky family!

Frith said...

Watch out for that meat cleaver Henrietta!!!
Aaron will so be convinced, go on doooo it xx

Allana said...

We have 2 chickens in our residential suburb, that happily free range without taking off (unless the gate is left open) and hang out at our back doors wanting to say hello! Highly recommended, my 3 year old loves them, and collecting the eggs :)

RosieGirlDreams.com said...

I brought up chickens with my husband last year when I began daydreaming of having my own fresh eggs (the organic ones here are soooo expensive and we eat soooo many eggs). He laughed and completely disagreed. He said he wouldn't help me with them. So, pregnant as I was, I decided to try working on him again sometime in the future...when all three of our kids have grown tall enough for his chickens-can-peck-their-eyes-out logic to become rubbish. I'd have them if I could. Though traveling overnight elsewhere would become an issue I suppose. PS I like your new cookie jar!

little grubs said...

When we lived in Tauranga our neighbour had chickens and that was in the 'burbs! It is my dream to one day have chickens too. Whilst you wait the biscuit tin is a pretty good substitute - especially if it's full! x

Rhiannon said...

I am a tad scared of chickens, to be honest. I do know quite a few people who have them though, in suburban backyards. As long as they have enough room to move, and their housing meets council criteria then they seem to make quite a good wee pet that even earns its keep! Would take a lot more than a few eggs to convince me to have them anywhere near my house though. eeeeek.

Mousy Brown said...

Our bantam hen, (Tadpole would you believe?) loves to come and watch TV with the boys. She sits on a towel on their laps and quietly settles down for a stroke. We have three hens and a cock (its ok we live in the countryside) and we love their company as well as their eggs! :D