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Hi all!! My husband and I caught a beautiful wild hen in the woods. She looks to be pretty young. She is terrified of people, that is until she is actually caught and picked up then she settles down. I'm wondering if we can do anything other than wait to get her to relax and get use to us faster. Our other girls are free to walk around unless we aren't home and I'd like to get new no name girl to do the same. I put her in the run with our other girls and she went crazy. I'm afraid shes gonna hurt herself trying to be a free bird again. Anyone have some awesome ideas foe us? Thanks yall!! BTW here are some pics of this stunning girl!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 8

She's gorgeous!

 

Be sure to keep her by herself for 30 days so you don't introduce some sort of disease or pest to your flock. After that isolation time, keep her where the other girls can see her but not touch her. Flocks don't appreciate newcomers being dropped in on them and injuries can happen from fighting.

 

I suppose you checked with any neighbors to see if they are missing anyone? She's very pretty, I can see someone missing her.

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Thank you! I think she is a beautiful hen! 30 days check! There are no houses anywhere near where she was. Its like she was dropped off or something. My husband's business partner was out riding his 4 wheeler and spotted her and called us. She is extremely wild (and fast!), I hope she comes around soon.  

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Good luck with her! Give her some time to get used to a new home (and to learn who passes out the treats, lol).

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post #5 of 8

Time and treats is what works for us.

 

We just feed and care for the rest of our flock as usual, throwing lots of treats out for them, and new or nervous birds tend to fall in line and join the rest once they get used to the routine. They start associating our presence with food and treats. It's taken time, but now all our birds come running when they see us, even our flighty Guineas (although they stay at the back of the group if we're near)! I never try to force our chickens to hang out or be held as I think that might scare them more, or reinforce the idea that you are a predator.

 

Beautiful bird, I wonder how she got out there?

post #6 of 8

Might be a Minorca - I agree with everyone else - lots of treats, and generally let her be. A week in the coop and she'll decide its home.

post #7 of 8

She is a gorgeous girl!   :love  Good luck with her, and have fun!    

mom of 8 kids,  3 dogs,  10 cats, 11 hens, 1 goose, 1 duck  and the most loving, patient hubby, who puts up with me!!

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Thanks y'all! I start our mealworm "farm" tomorrow so maybe that will make her like me a little more. Lol! I did go digging in the yard to fund her some crickets and worms yesterday. I figure everything I give her is a peace offering. 😁
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