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Last summer me and my husbaND were playing cards in our backyard when I looked up and noticed a chicken in our tree! I was a little startled and confused at first but being the animal lover I am I wanted to befriend her. Long story short it was that girl who inspired me to have my own. Since last year it has become quite aparent that her owner (our neighbor) doesn't care one bit about her, doesn't feed or water her or acknowledge her. Meanwhile she goes from yard to yard, risking her life for food, water, and companionship. It is truly heartbreaking. Fast forward to today. I am the proud new mama of 6 beautiful girls (I pray). I have 3 orpington and 3 easter eggers. We got them when they were a day old and they are very affectionate. They are 8 weeks old and out in their new safe and enclosed coop. The neighbor bird who I named Stevie is a beautiful although malnourished Rhode Island Red. I am guessing she has to be at least 2 years old. She is here everyday, hanging out on top of the runs and has tried to get in on several occasions. It is SO sad. My question is this. Can I adopt her and somehow incorporate her in with my girls? And if so how? My girls safety and happiness is my primary concern. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Considering that she has already been roaming all over your property and neighborhood, anything that she has is already in your area. I wouldn't be concerned about diseases. Though seeing how as she has been roaming wild and eating what she can, you'd be wise
to worm her and check her for lice and mites.

She should integrate just fine with your flock. She might pick on the littles a bit, but it would be very difficult for her to pick on all 6 at once.

A live trap, like those used for catching feral cats and wild animals, will catch a chicken just as easily. Else you can wait until nightfall and watch where she goes to roost. Nets work great for catching wily birds.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Fully agree with Queen Misha. Wondering why your neighbor even bothers to have chickens, since he/she doesn't do anything for them. Glad you will take her in. Good luck with your new little ones and Welcome to Backyard chickens.

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Hi and welcome to BYC I am glad you could join us
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Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

 

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CT

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

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Welcome to BYC :frow​ Glad you joined us! I second the above advice. Shame, the poor thing must be so happy to see other chickens! Good luck with rehoming her! I hope it will all work out for the best.

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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