I’m considering getting a hen. What hen could be greatest for somebody who doesn’t need it to reside 80 years, doesn’t need numerous noise, and doesn’t need numerous mess?


Expensive Rebecca,

Excluding discovering a hen who lives a shorter lifespan, the opposite parameters point out a hen is probably not the best pet for you. All birds chirp, poop and reside longer than most individuals count on.

I’ve by no means seen a hen cage that didn’t want day by day cleansing or meet a hen guardian who didn’t complain concerning the “noise” birds make, even when they love their birds. Oftentimes, these identical folks will cowl the cage all through the day to “quiet” the hen, which isn’t wholesome for the hen.

Admittedly, I’m not a fan of retaining birds as pets. In all my years working in animal welfare, I don’t know a single one that has truly stored a hen for its total lifetime. If the hen doesn’t die a untimely demise from neglect, they both get rehomed or are taken to an animal shelter or a hen rescue group for the rest of their days.

(I hope a couple of readers will let me know if they’ve efficiently made the lifetime dedication to their birds. I do know there have to be a couple of of you on the market)

So, earlier than you get a hen, please do numerous analysis on hen care to see when you’ve got what it takes. You would possibly determine it’s not for you. In case you determine it’s for you, then contemplate adopting from a hen rescue group or discover somebody who’s attempting to rehome their hen. Adopting as a substitute of shopping for would no less than present a much-needed house for a homeless hen.

Within the meantime, you probably did ask for assist, so if I didn’t dissuade you, listed below are a couple of lower-maintenance birds so that you can contemplate.

Finches are the smallest birds, a lot much less mess than most birds. They reside on common solely about 5 years — however they’ll reside as much as 20.

If stored in a roomy cage the place they’ll flutter round with a couple of different fellow finches, they’ll entertain themselves. They don’t want a human interplay to be pleased. So, if all you need to do is hear, feed and clear up after a couple of birds, that is the hen for you.

Canaries and budgies (parakeets) additionally make much less mess due to their dimension. They’ll reside 10 to fifteen years. If they’ve numerous toys to mentally stimulate them and some hours a day outdoors of the cage with you, then you’ll get pleasure from this hen and your hen ought to be pleased. These birds additionally bond with their people, which many caretakers discover interesting.

Ship your pet questions, ideas, and tales to cathy@petpundit.com. You may learn the Animals Matter weblog at http://weblog.mysanantonio.com/animals and observe her at @cathymrosenthal.


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