#AcquiredChicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by #AcquiredChicken, Oct 18, 2017.

  1. #AcquiredChicken

    #AcquiredChicken In the Brooder

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    Hi,
    My name is Kelsey and I acquired a chicken in September. One of my coworkers has named her Henrietta, but I just call her my Backyard Chicken. I say acquired because her living in our yard was most definitely not up to us. Early September we noticed a chicken hanging around the back of our yard. Assuming she had made a break for it and was on the lam, we left her alone, hoping she would find her way back home that day. The next morning, I look out the window, and she's still there just pecking around the area. Fast forward to the next week. There are a couple people in the neighborhood over from mine that have had chickens, but it looks like neither have a flock this year. My neighbor across the street (we are a corner lot and so is he), an older gentleman, kindly informs me that there is a chicken in my yard. Thank you, Mr. Johnson, I hadn't noticed. He tells me it belongs to someone a few streets over and he has been waiting for them to come get her from his yard for a couple weeks. So good, owner knows the chicken is around here, cool. Hopefully they find her soon. I finally break down after another week and at least put a water bowl out for her while she is visiting. Fast forward again to almost two months of a chicken living in my yard. She sleeps in a tree, is skittish of people and has a safety bush that she stays close to, and I finally got an egg this morning. She is a lovely red color that I had originally pegged as a pretty classic RIR, but this morning she laid a green egg, so I am now leaning towards some form of an Easter Egger. 22042076_10212323087810393_8821312010143411847_o.jpg 21122607_10212101086820507_1572671233130400795_o (1).jpg 22499041_10212469324586221_6621853935854396342_o.jpg
     
  2. SueT

    SueT Free Ranging

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    Welcome to BYC and the wonderful world of chickens!!! She's very pretty, as is the egg. Did you get her some feed? Are you considering making a coop? Lots of info to be found here....everything you need to know.
    Good luck!
     
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  3. #AcquiredChicken

    #AcquiredChicken In the Brooder

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    I have been giving her Layer Feed. My husband doesn't want to do the chicken thing, but I do have a couple friends who do that I could take her to. I'd like to have her around our yard, but I don't really want to commit to a flock either. She seems really great on her own, but I'm sure she'd enjoy company.
     
  4. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Quail Hatch TBD

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  5. N F C

    N F C no time like snow time

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    :welcome

    If you aren't interested in keeping a small flock, I'd pass her on to the friend that keeps chickens. A lone bird left in the yard will become dinner to whichever predator gets to her first.

    Best wishes to you
     
  6. SueT

    SueT Free Ranging

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    While they are flock animals, adding her to someone else's flock will probably be traumatic for everyone involved. Chickens resent newcomers and will likely attack her. Integration usually is a process that requires patience. I suspect you'd like to keep her as you joined BYC...
    Layer feed is a good idea. Maybe you'll get more and eggs and they will be so delicious compared to store eggs that your husband will be convinced of the advantages of chicken keeping.....
     
  7. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

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    Welcome to BYC. I agree that I would find her a home with other chickens. People would love to have one who lays blue green eggs. If you keep her, she needs to be locked in her new coop for at least a week 24/7 so that she will know where to sleep and come back.
     
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    Smuvers Farm Melvin Up the Taterhole

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    :welcome:celebrate

    I vote for a small coop and add a chicken with her. 2 eggs a day is better than one!!!
     
  9. #AcquiredChicken

    #AcquiredChicken In the Brooder

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    I've been incredibly impressed with this girl's resiliency and self preservation. I feared she would be dinner long before now. She gets about 10 feet up in a tree at night, which proves hard to sneak up on her and catch her seeing as it requires a ladder!
     
  10. SueT

    SueT Free Ranging

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    Where do you live? Do you have winters there?
     
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