Found a chicken - I think I want to keep it!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Murs, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. Murs

    Murs Out Of The Brooder

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    I came home last Monday morning and there was a beat up chicken in my front yard. I couldn't just leave it for the racoons or coyotes so I got out my dog kennel, put her inside and brought her in the backyard. I kept the kennel up on the patio table because I wasn't sure how my dog would react. I fed her some oats and gave her some water. Then I went to the internet because I know NOTHING about caring for chickens. I was brought to this site on every topic I searched on google so I thought I would become a Member.

    From what I have researched I think she is a white leghorn. She doesn't walk well although she has been doing better the last couple days. She is very friendly. I can pet her and pick her up with no problem. Today is the first day I let her run free in my backyard. She enjoys it. I also introduced her to my Belgian Shepherd and they love eachother! She is VERY smart and has already tried to get in my house through the doggie door.

    I have no idea how old she is or if she will lay eggs. She looks like she went through some rough times before getting to my house. I went to the feed store and got some wood shavings (a towel was just not working - Yuck!) and some layer food granules. I guess my next step is a coop. Right now she sleeps in the kennel. Today I added a perch. I cover it completely at night because it gets foggy in the early mornings and to ward off any predators. Coyotes can't get in my yard but Racoons can.

    Soooooo..... I guess I'm going to be a chicken owner.

    What do I do now??
     
  2. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from the Finger Lakes of New York! Coming here is a great start. Browsing through the topics will give you a good beginning.

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  3. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from Texas and you can feed her medicated chicken feed.
     
  4. Mudsow

    Mudsow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Belgians and chickens are great companions!
    Glad to see another belgian lover. I've got 3 generations of boys, they all love my chickens.
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    Welcome!
     
  5. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    i think your next step should be getting her a friend! [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  6. afchicken

    afchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:or 15 lol
     
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  8. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Welcome! [​IMG]
     
  9. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Next step, coop! She needs a safe place to call home or you will be very sad when a predator finds her. Then.... she needs friends! Chickens do best when they are in a flock, large or small. Other than that, you are off to a great start! Welcome!
     
  10. OvertheHenHouse

    OvertheHenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2 [​IMG] Welcome to BYC - there's lots of good information in the archives. The Search function is outstanding. The members are pretty nice, too [​IMG]
     

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