My co-worker found a hen wandering her neighborhood in Oakland. I'm the "pet person" so she passed her off to me. I attempted to locate a nearby house that she may have come from, but it seems she is just orphaned (although very friendly).
I've been talking about raising urban chickens for years and I am considering keeping her. I know enough to be able to feed and house her appropriately, but I can't tell if she needs medical treatment (it which case I'll probably surrender her to a shelter for better care).
She is missing many feathers on her back and tail area. She is alert, friendly, and cluck-y. She drinks lots of water and eats enthusiastically. She's pretty grungy, but I blame that on days of roaming the city streets.
Do you suggest any veterinary treatment? Since I'm such a newbie, please avoid chicken terms without definitions...thanks!