Emotional support chicken

The world of Emotional Support Animals is growing. More and more mental health professionals are recognizing the benefits many pet parents have known for years; a furry companion can do wonders for our state-of-mind and general well being.

But does the animal always have to be furry?

The term Emotional Support Animal encompasses all animals, so why then do we generally think of the ESA as either a dog or a cat?

In this post, we are going to think outside the ESA box to answer the question; can my chicken be an emotional support chicken?

If you are ready to make your chicken an emotional support animal, get started now by completing the ESA questionnaire in the link below.

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Why Would a Chicken Make a Good ESA?

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Chickens can make for a wonderful emotional support animal due to their social nature.

When it comes to chickens, some people don’t know any more than what would fill a dinner plate. However, for those folks that have taken them off the menu and allowed them into their heart, they will be quick to tell you that this “clucky” bird isn’t what you think.

Here are several reasons why a chicken may be a good ESA.

1. Chickens Have Personalities Galore

Did you know that chickens have individual personalities? From “plucky” to loving to loud, brave, and curious, there seems to be a chicken to suit everyone.

2. Chickens Are Funny

Watch a chicken run, take a dust bath, chase a bug, walk or just be a chicken, you’ll be busting at the seams with laughter.

3. Chickens Can Be Trained

Some chickens have been trained to come when called, while others can play a tune on a tiny piano.

4. Chickens Don’t Mind Being Handled

Some chickens don’t mind being picked up, stroked, hugged, or cuddled. Chickens are social animals that can be a part of the family.

5. Chickens Are Always Chatty

Did you know chickens have over 24 different types of vocalizations as well as visual displays? That ought to brighten anyone’s mood.

Bonus – Chickens Can Provide Fresh Eggs

If you love eating fresh eggs, having a chicken will not only give you the emotional support you need but breakfast, too!

How to Keep Chickens for Emotional Support?

Although it’s not recommended to keep a chicken entirely in the house or in an apartment – they need to be outside to fulfill their natural instincts – having a small coop outdoors is doable for most people.

In fact, according to Psychology Today;

They {chickens} can make good therapy pets for people who live with a backyard because they cost much less than dogs. Care-taking is good for you when it’s not overwhelming, and a chicken can provide an “un-anxious example of how to live without worry.

Please note that most airlines will not allow emotional support chickens to fly in cabin with their owners. Check with your airline’s emotional support animal policy here: https://esadoctors.com/airline-emotional-support-animal-pet-policies/.

How to Qualify a Chicken as an Emotional Support Animal

In order to qualify your chicken as an emotional support animal, you must get an ESA letter from a licensed mental health professional. The letter must be on official letterhead and include the license information from the licensed health professional. The ESA letter will give your emotional support chicken rights that it did not have before.


Click here to qualify your chicken as an emotional support chicken.

What Makes a Good Emotional Support Chicken?

A potential emotional support chicken should be calm, not easily startled, and enjoy interacting with people. The Silkie chicken breed tends to possess these qualities. They are also very fuzzy and soft (more kitten-like in feel), they stay small and cannot fly due to the lack of flight feathers. Silkies are also being bred and raised to be pets, so their temperament is more friendly over other barnyard breeds.

According to Hobby Farms, if you decide to have a chicken for a pet or ESA, then you should have it screened for parasites and salmonella by a licensed veterinarian on a yearly basis.

You and the Emotional Support Chicken

If your emotional disability is one that requires you to have a support animal with you at all times, the chicken may not be the best choice. Chickens do best outside in a coop where they can fulfill their instincts.

However, if you can emotionally afford to keep chickens in your yard, their fun personalities, loving nature, and ease-of-care will surely boost your mood (and give you fresh eggs to boot).

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