January 29, 2016 at 4:27PM


How to shoot with live chickens inside someone's bar

Hello everyone,

I'm producing a short film written/directed by my friend Brandon. Brandon is financing the film and wants to spend 1.5-2 grand on the whole thing. The film is about a bar night centered around competitive chicken photography, and we are searching for a bar that will allow us to bring two live chickens inside. We are looking for a chicken owner who can provide and wrangle the chickens.

So far, all the bars I have approached have been hard no's on the idea of live chickens inside their bar, citing "healthcode violations." Has anybody done something like this before? Can this be done on this budget? Any tips on what we can do to make it safe and clean, and how to express that to the bar owners?

Thank you very much,



You may have already considered this, but go to the shittiest dive bars, little whole in the wall places you can find as these places may be less concerned with health codes. Offer to shoot after hours & offer some sort of cash incentive, even if it is only $100. Let them know you will leave the place better than you found it.

As far as a chicken wrangler I would drive around and see who owns chickens in a nearby rural area & start approaching people. You could also offer them a cash incentive based on how many hours they are going to be needed at the shoot.

It can be tough approaching strangers but offering some sort of cash incentive may help.

January 30, 2016 at 7:14AM

Derek Armitage
Filmmaker & Vlogger

You may already know this, but there are "Show Chickens" that compete just like dogs at a dog-show or cats at a cat-show.


January 31, 2016 at 1:59PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

I have chickens and they poop about every 5 minutes. Expect some quality time with your DP cleaning up.

February 1, 2016 at 12:14PM, Edited February 1, 12:14PM

Clark McCauley

No bar or restaurant would have chickens in their dining area, because you have serious health hazards with salmonella and other things. It might help to clearly communicate that they would be kept in a seperate room or area and only brougth in and out for the duration of the take.

I have chickens and actually shot a music video with chickens in a modern art gallery (so anything but a dirty location).
The key is to set up a small kennel area for the chickens where you lay out something they can poop on (and yes Clark is right, they poop a lot).
Keep them in that area until you are ready for the shoot.

If they can stay in their group and its dim or dark in the room, chicken are pretty easy to handle and tolerant to be placed at certain spots or objects. If you have a group of them they like to flock together, which makes scattering them a bit trickier.

February 2, 2016 at 4:20AM

Philip Drobar
Video Editor

February 4, 2016 at 6:38PM


Thanks for the input everybody! I'm actually in Chicago (grew up outside Dallas though!).

February 4, 2016 at 10:47PM


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