Chicken missing a year ago...came back??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MountainFarmPeeps, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. MountainFarmPeeps

    MountainFarmPeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    Has anyone ever had a chicken go missing....assumed it was dead...and then had that same chicken just show up at your house to eat one day?

    I had three black sex link sisters. Over the last year two of them went missing in a rash of fox attacks and we were upset, but made our peace with the situation and moved on. The remaining sexlink has been the heartiest bird, best layer and best chicken all around that I've ever had. She has come out of some crazy situations...escaped a fox, dodged a hawk...and has **thrived** through a bout with cocci and some winter conditions that had everyone else miserable. My other chickens are EEs, White Dorking, Buff Orpington and Cochins, so, none that could be confused with a blackSL.


    This afternoon, we're looking out the window and I say to my husband, pointing to an extra "black one" - "What bird is THAT?!". He looks and says "holy crap, what bird IS that??"


    This is a black sexlink, very lean, but healthy seeming andseems to be the same size/age as the remaining SL girl I've got. The rest of the flock seems to know her and hasn't challenged her coming and going in and out of the coop/food/water.

    She just, *poof*, showed up and all the rest of the flock is like "oh, hey". ???? Is it even POSSIBLE that this bird survived? We live in an extremely rural area and we know what kind of birds live on the farms all around us, none of them have any Black SLs. My flock is pretty laid back, but I can't imagine them reacting this way to a stranger.

    We are seriously scratching our heads here. My husband says "no freakin way it's our girl" - I say....stranger things have happened! So, what do YOU all say?? Am I crazy? It really seems like the exact same bird!
     
  2. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    We had a bantam rooster live with us for months one time, at the time we didnt even have any other chickens. Then one day he vanished, we thought he got ate. Then we are in a local cafe we hear a distant neighbor say you know my banty rooster came back home the other day. This guy walk a good distance to get home.
     
  3. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feed her and love her. Who knows stranger things have happened!
     
  4. ralleia

    ralleia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure it's possible. I haven't had *that* happen, but I've had it the other way around.

    We had a white leghorn roo show up on our property about five years ago. Since we already had chickens, we adopted him. After a few months of easy living, he flew out over the chicken yard fence and never came back.

    She may have lived among someone else's chickens for a while. Maybe name her "Ramblin' Rose."
     
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  5. Luke13:34

    Luke13:34 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whatsamatter.. she get dumped by her no-good, motorcycle ridin' dropout rooster boyfriend? Come back all covered in tats and wearin black? Got a brood of brats following her around now?


    Congrats on your chicken coming back.
     
  6. Tbird84

    Tbird84 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] Too funny! I had my flock dispersed by the dog getting out and having a joy run when they were still young. By nightfall I still couldn't find about 6 of them. I lost a couple roosters an a couple hens. I gave up on everyone. 2 weeks later, I have an 'extra' in the coop on the roost when I made my nightly count. How 'bout that? I had a neighbors' duck that would stay here too, and then just pick and move to someone else's house. It can happen.
     
  7. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    Like house crashing teenagers!
     
  8. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Luke13:34 :

    Whatsamatter.. she get dumped by her no-good, motorcycle ridin' dropout rooster boyfriend? Come back all covered in tats and wearin black? Got a brood of brats following her around now?


    Congrats on your chicken coming back.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. chickintexas

    chickintexas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a Red Sex link run away from home and she moved in with my neighbor's birds up the street. Traitor!
     
  10. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a cat that shared itself for months at a time with us and some folks down the road.
    sharon
     

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