Hi, I’m Ren! Ren, The House Hen. Sometimes know as “poofy,” “screm,” “blobbo,” or “zoomie.”
Golden Sebright is my breed and bantam is my size; that means I have golden feathers laced with a black edge, and I’m miniature — weighing in at a whopping 1.6 lbs.
I’m not a writer, but I am a chicken enthusiast. I’ve been on Medium, since January 2021, and on earth since 1994. My birthday is July 4th — that’s why I’m so independent.
I spent most of my life living in various parts of Long Island and Brooklyn, and then accidentally moved to Las Vegas. It started as a vacation but we all know how it goes:
“She who visits Vegas, stays in Vegas”
As the subtitle reads, I’m vegan and have chickens as indoor pets. My pronouns are she/her. One of my personal interests is suffering reduction —which is…
What do you do when your hen lays an egg, but you don’t eat eggs? Well duh, just plop ’em in the toilet!
Ren is my one year old house hen that shares my apartment with me. She used to lay about 2–3 eggs per week, and when she did, I would flush them down the toilet.
You might be thinking about how incredibly wasteful it was for me to discard something that could have provided nutrition and satiation to myself, or someone else. …
Just look at her — no job, free rent, catered meals. Ren is living a spoiled little life from the comfort of our apartment in Las Vegas.
The norm for keeping chickens as pets is raising them in the backyard. …
Is Bravo casting for The Real House Hens of Las Vegas, yet? Because I know someone who would be a great fit!
I adopted Ren with the intention of raising her in my home and spoiling her. This is somewhat alternative for a pet chicken — as most are kept in a backyard coop, not just as pets but, as egg producers.
As a little chick, Ren was raised in a yard with several other hens but, her former “owner” rehomed her for having anxiety.
Any chicken of mine is regarded as my child, so Ren is treated like my…
The first time I babysat Chickpea, I had no prior experience with chickens, and little understanding of their needs and natural behaviors.
We spent three weeks together while her parents were away, and I quickly picked up on the basics of keeping chickens. Chickpea exhibited behaviors that concerned me but, turned out to be normal and healthy.
If you’re new to chickens, here are two of their natural behaviors that will freak you out.
Every chicken I’ve ever known has had a palate for trash, including my own hens, Ren and Mina.
It’s obvious that chickens (and all animals, including humans) shouldn’t be eating inedible materials, but if they do get into something they shouldn’t, don’t panic! While these items could potentially be a toxic hazard or cause an intestinal obstruction, it is likely that in small amounts, they’ll just pass through the digestive system.
Still, chickens that consume inedible materials should be monitored for illness. Some signs of a sick chicken include changes in digestion, appetite, egg production, or energy level.
Mina died three weeks ago.
She was only 10 months old. It happened too quickly and there was nothing we could do. Just two hours after displaying respiratory distress, she was gone.
She’s dead but, so alive in my heart and memory.
The best piece of advice I got after she died was to “write down all of the quirky things you never ever wanna forget about your gal.”
I’m lucky to have so many stories I’ve already written about her. Now, I’m desperately grasping at every memory I can conjure — however small, and however fleeting.
If you’re experiencing…
A vegan Las Vegan. A chick with chickens. I measure my success in laughter.