On my drive home from work the other night I came across 2 chickens roaming the street (in a forest-like area). I stopped my truck to have a look at them. Im use to seeing wild turkeys around my place but can honestly say I've never seen "wild chickens" I have a hunch that someone in the area had there chickens run away or they have decided to get rid of them in a poor manner.
I decided to capture them and save them from there almost guaranteed death by coyotes (it was dusk and coyotes seem to be a pain around our place, Just assuming they would get to the "Run-Aways"). I drove around to a few of the local homes and asked if they or anyone they knew in the area had chickens. Everyones response was the same. No chicken owners! Since then I have posted on facebook to see if I can locate the owners if they ever had owners.
In the meantime I have them at my house in our Beginner coop which is where our chicks were before they needed an upgrade. I have given them water and food and they are eating and drinking fine but are still a little skittish of people.
I have attached some pictures to this thread as I am not sure what breed of chickens these are. I am relatively new to the chicken world and only have Isa Browns, Black Sex Links and Barred Rocks so unfortunately thats all Im really familiar with. If anyone has any input that would be great. For all I know they could be cornish hens? :P
Thinking maybe a Phoenix from the small research I have done.
Also to go with this topic while its here, Is it dangerous to introduce them to my already established flock? I have 11 hens already started with 5 added 6 a few months ago took 2 weeks for the younger chicks to be welcomed but now they get along fine. I have read in some places that you shouldnt introduce adult hens to a group of adult hens. Only introduce when they are younger? Input on that would be great too.
Worst case scenario if I have to rehome them that would be okay we have a local swap and there are some really nice people that I know would love there company. Just would love to keep them. They are beautiful and by the looks of it so far have great personalities!
Thanks in advance folks, ( I apologize for the picture quality. I don't have a closeup of the lighter hen. Will post when I get new pictures)