chickens before I was ready

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Alanea11, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. Alanea11

    Alanea11 Hatching

    Feb 8, 2012
    Hi everyone, I'm new and have a world of questions to ask. I'm in a strange situation regarding chickens.

    Its been a dream of mine to get out of the apartment dweller lifestyle with my 4 kids and get back to living in a house with a back yard (we had a house, but circumstances ie: divorce lead us back to apartment life). In 7 days we will be realising this dream. And once we got there I planned on building a coop and incubator before spring started and have my chickens.

    But word gets around. A neighbor of mine who has chickens and chats with my 10yo daughter alot found out I want chickens, she is moving too. So guess what she gave to my daughter. A full grown chicken. We havent moved yet, I have no coop, feed or anything I researched and was going to install in the new house.

    So here I am, a new chicken owner. I'm very happy about it. But its a dream come true about a month too soon.

    Any advice, help or panic button would be appreciated.

    Alanea11 or you can just call me Al.

  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Songster

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    Well, [​IMG]

    Sounds like you've been rushed into things. [​IMG]

    If you can't give back the chicken till you move, I would just keep it in a large dog crate perhaps on your balcony if you have one. Add some shavings for litter.

    Do you have chicken feed? If you feed the chicken anything other than the feed, you'll need to buy some grit.

    Chickens are social creatures and do not like to be "alone" so I'd definitely think about getting more as soon as you move.

    Good luck!
  3. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
  4. silkymom1986

    silkymom1986 The Silkie Villa

    Sep 28, 2011
    Byhalia, MS
    Yea you are in a sticky situation, if you don't have anyone to keep her for you try a large box or if you have a dog kennel by chance that would work temporarily. Good luck!

  5. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    southern ohio
    [​IMG] from Ohio

  6. HEChicken

    HEChicken Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    [​IMG] I agree with the previous poster about trying to get your lone chicken a companion ASAP - she will be SO much happier. Since you are in Ohio, and some of the better known hatcheries are also in OH, perhaps it wouldn't be too far for you to drive there and see if they will sell you an adult hen? The other thing you could try is to find the OH thread in the "Where am I? Where are you?" section, and post your dilemma there - see if anyone would be willing to part with a hen so that yours is not alone.
  7. greymane

    greymane Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
  8. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    [​IMG] I think I'd give the original chicken owner a call and tell them to hang on to the chicken until you have facilities ready.
  9. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Songster

    Oct 19, 2008
    Palominas, Arizona
    Maybe try craigslist for someone willing to offer room and board?

  10. Crazyhenlady

    Crazyhenlady Songster

    Feb 8, 2012
    Everett, Wa
    Honestly I would try to find her a new home and then try again when your ready.:) Less stress for you and the hen. Good luck!

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