Goofy gal. Poofy pal. Chic chicken.

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 live in an apartment in Las Vegas and poop in a diaper. Living indoors keeps me safe from all predators, except my mom. She hunts me down to change my diaper every day.

I consider myself to be curious and independent. You have toes? Toes are very interesting; I’d love to have…


A vegan Las Vegan. A chick with chickens.

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…


Animal Anecdote

5 amusing facts about my indoor pet chickens


The first time my chicken story wasn’t curated

After a 15 story curation streak publishing with Creatures publication, Is It Wrong To Have An Indoor Pet Chicken? was not selected for curation under the Pets topic. I noticed a pattern where my stories in this publication would be curated two hours after they were posted.

At first, I thought it might have been because we omitted the #pets tag. When I edited the tags to include #pets, it was not picked up for further distribution. Shortly after, I published All About Chicken Diapers in the same publication with the #pets tag. This story was not curated either.

I…


Am I at risk?

On May 20, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a Salmonella outbreak of 163 cases across 43 states linked to backyard chickens, ducks, and other poultry. To prevent the spread, they recommend chicken keepers stop kissing and snuggling chickens, and take other precautions like washing their hands, maintaining a clean coop and supplies, and handling eggs carefully. Tasks that should already be apart of routine chicken care.

I have an indoor pet chicken, Ren, that I cohabitate with quite intimately. She snuggles my head at night and preens my boyfriend’s beard and eyebrows. …


I am pledging to complete David Majister’s 30-Day writing challenge. The original rules are here:

My rules

  • Submit 25 articles to 15 different publications in 25 days.
  • 10 submissions must be to publications I’ve never previously published with.
  • 2 must be self-published. With Medium’s shift toward a more relational platform, I’d like to test the performance of my stories without a publication’s audience. Additionally, this will test my confidence in publishing a story that hasn’t been reviewed and approved by an editor.
  • This will span from June 6 to June 30, 2021, and I will report my results on July 1, 2021.

My goals


5 meaningful gestures to show support

Our companion animals aren’t just “pets.” They sleep in our beds, join us on vacation, eat food from the dinner table (sneakily), and some come to work with us. The death of a companion animal can be as traumatic as losing a human family member or friend.

Because we all grieve in different ways, there is no prescription for supporting a friend through such a loss. In the wake of my pet chicken’s death, I’ve talked with other bereaved pet parents and gathered some of the actions people around them took that made them feel most supported.

Here are 5…


PET OWNERSHIP | EDUCATION

Why they exist, where to buy them, and how to use them.

I have a question for you. And, don’t worry, it’s multiple choice.

What is the name of the garment used to catch chicken poop and protect your floors from a fecal mudslide? Is it…

A) Poop pouch
B) Chicken diaper
C) Butt bucket
D) Crap backpack
E) All of the above

*Answer at bottom of page.

It’s a dress! It’s a backpack! It’s an apron! No, it’s a chicken diaper.

For a chicken parent, it’s a method of waste management. For chickens, part of a mildly annoying, daily changing routine and a bold fashion statement.

Chicken diapers are an essential…


Pet Ownership | Perspective

Spoiler: It’s not.

Cats crapping in plastic litter boxes. Dogs walking on leashes. And yes, chickens living in the house. The ways in which we care for our pets are far from natural — and that’s okay!

My pet chicken, Ren, is my best friend and favorite living being in the world, so I prioritize her health and safety. However, I’ve been criticized for raising her indoors.

I do appreciate and welcome suggestions to improve her quality of life. The criticism I receive tends to be based on a personal emotional aversion to the concept of a house hen.

Let’s dissect some of…


Animals inspire immense creativity in me, and I bet they do the same for you too! Especially when it comes to our pets, we come up with an infinite number of goofy nicknames (“chonk,” “poofy,” etc.) and improvise silly songs to sing to them.

Additionally, I never run out of ideas for blog posts about my indoor pet chicken.

I’ve come up with 40 prompts that you can use to write your next story about pets or animals. Let me know if any of these prompts inspire a new story for you. I’d love to read your work!

The prompts…

Ashley Zebro

A vegan Las Vegan. A chick with chickens. I measure my success in laughter.

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