Hey guys, I'm in need of advice on what next steps I should take with a new chicken I've added to my free-range flock.
Today a friend of mine from zoology dropped off his chicken; he took home as a newborn chick last semester. It definitely grew - which is nice to see - but I think it's having a hard time being part of the flock, and being a chicken!
When he opened the cage, the roo was reluctant to come out. I grabbed it properly, and lifted it out of there. The roo seemed a little happy, but really confused. Then my friend says, "I think he likes the sun," ... which implies that this guy hasn't ever let this chicken outside before, and it shows:
The chicken DOESN'T know how to dust bathe, how to tilt its head back when it drinks water, or how to look for food. Also, oddly, when he lays down, he starts to tip to one side??
It stays in the corner of my fencing, like the fence is its new cage or something... I brought it water and some food, but I feel like feeding it isn't gonna help it learn to free-range.
I tried to bring the roo closer to my chickens to show it what dust bathing is, and to scratch the ground for food; I heard that chickens learn by example. I know not to make it part of the flock just yet, but I'm wanting to teach it new tricks (tricks he needs to help himself survive).
Please help! I am not sure if this can solve itself...
Edited by Henryen - 4/23/16 at 5:22pm