Crazy story. What breed/gender has wandered into my life???????

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Carolyn252, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. Carolyn252

    Carolyn252 Mother of Chickens

    Background: Have three hens; am only allowed two, per the Village's municipal codes. However, at my invitation, the Mayor and his wife have been to my home and I proudly showed off my coop and run and my three chickens. Held my most docile girl up for the Mayor to pet, and I talked a mile a minute about the advantages of chicken-keeping. That was two weeks ago. When he left, he asked me to deliver supporting papers (newspaper and magazine articles, web printouts, etc.,) to his office the next day so that when he met with the Village Board the next day, he could discuss raising the hen limit from two to my requested eight. I delivered the papers along with my personal letter to the Mayor asking if I could have a variance to the code or, if possible, a completely updated code to allow all chicken-keeping residents an increase to a maximum of eight hens. I haven't heard anything yet, but I'm hopeful that I will within the next month or so.

    Anyway, here's the story of today's adventure. It's Saturday morning and DH and I are fast asleep at 8:30am. I hear the doorbell, grab a robe and run to the front porch. There stands a man, smiling and asking if I've lost a chicken!! I gasp and ask him to wait while I run out back to the coop. Nope! All mine are safe and sound behind their locked and predator-proof run.

    He asks if I'll take his chicken. It wandered into his yard, about five blocks away from my house, two days ago and he's been feeding it birdseed. He asked his neighbor this morning if she's ever heard of anyone in the neighborhood having chickens and since she indeed heard of me and my little flock, she gave him my address. He hopped in his car, and showed up ten minutes later with a chicken in a cardboard box. And now, voila, I have a fourth chicken.

    She sat quietly in the cardboard box in my sunroom, while I spent an hour and a half setting up a pen with woodshavings in my garage.

    By 10am, I had bathed her in warm water with liquid Dawn dishwashing soap. Then rinsed her well. Then, dipped her in a solution of one ounce of Poultry Protector Concentrate in a gallon of warm water. Then I rubbed her down with terry toweling, and kept a moving hair dryer on her for a few minutes.

    Then I set her down in the makeshift setup inside my garage. She's very, very calm and quiet. Eyes are bright and healthy looking. I haven't heard any crowing so I'm HOPING she's a she. She coped with the bathing very nicely and hardly struggled at all. Kinda seemed to enjoy it.

    I showed her the bowl of crumbles and she ate some. Haven't seen her drink any of the water. She's pooped twice; poop looks normal. No bad smells.

    She has one missing toe tip; the nail is entirely missing and the stump is black. Also, the next toe over, has a black area; I don't know if it's a scab that will eventually heal and drop off, or if it's a permanent discoloration. But it's the same look and feel as the end of the stump.

    She's a rusty red for the most part; the four or five of it's longest tail feathers are black. There is also some black on the top of the hidden part of her long wing feathers. Her legs and feet are bright, bright yellow.

    She likes sitting quietly; I'd even hazard a guess that she's gone broody. But I've never seen a broody, so I'm just guessing.

    See the attached photos and please tell me if you can suggest what her breed is and what the gender is. Age?? I've had her eight hours now and the only sounds she's made is a soft clucking. No crowing.
    Thanks.

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  2. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks like a new hampshire rooster to me going by those nice long shiny saddle feathers on his back. Probably around 4 months old. He will practice crowing real soon if he hasn't already(maybe the reason he go turned loose?). Once he settles in you may hear some crows out of him.
     
  3. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, but that's a New Hampshire rooster. [​IMG]

    See the long pointy shiny feathers on his back? I'm gonna guess he's about four months old. Somebody probably found out he was a rooster and dumped him. [​IMG]
     
  4. Theeggboxtoo

    Theeggboxtoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that is a rooster, are you going to keep him?
     
  5. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

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    New Hampshire roo [​IMG]
     
  6. mikensara

    mikensara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hes a very nice rooster though [​IMG]
     
  7. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    I agree, rooster. Seems odd that he just lays there, should be up checking things out. Maybe got injured when he was loose? Might explain why he was easy for the neighbor to catch.
     
  8. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    aww Poor guy! It's a roo:( I wish it were a girl for you and he's just about crowing age too!
     
  9. Carolyn252

    Carolyn252 Mother of Chickens

    Quote:No roosters are allowed here, so I MUST pass him on to someone else. I have no idea to whom. Anyone interested? I'm in Nassau County, on Long Island, in New York.

    About 45 minute drive east of Manhattan. Any takers? He's nice and clean and lookin' gooooood.

    -Carolyn
     
  10. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:No roosters are allowed here, so I MUST pass him on to someone else. I have no idea to whom. Anyone interested? I'm in Nassau County, on Long Island, in New York.

    About 45 minute drive east of Manhattan. Any takers? He's nice and clean and lookin' gooooood.

    -Carolyn

    I must say you did an amazing job caring for him and his new temporary surroundings:)
     

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