Has anybody had this happen?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wolfpack62001, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. wolfpack62001

    wolfpack62001 Songster

    Mar 6, 2007
    New Brockton, Alabama
    About 2 weeks ago I came home from work and like I allways do I say Hi to my girls.
    Well that day I noticed all my girls running up to me as usual, but in the pen I notice that my Sultan Roo has gained about 10 LBS.
    So I go over there and see that it is a Broiler Hen, about 14 LBS, I didnt put it there and my DW has no clue where it came from.
    It sure didnt fly in there, the poor thing can barley walk, but today it is part of the family and on a diet and is getting around alot better, my Son thinks its funny as heck the way it waddles around.
    Ive herd of dumping Dogs but chickens?
  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    I have to say that is a first for me. [​IMG]
  3. I will have to say no, but maybe somebody just did not have the heart to make it for dinner.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Never happened with me like that but I'd check it out for mites and other bugs and hope that where ever she came with didn't bring disease to your flock. Good luck!
  5. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    When I first started haveing chickens, someone "dumped" a roo in my driveway. The poor thing was beat up pretty bad. Not a "normal roo" I tried to save it, but the poor thing was too far gone. I just dont understand why someone would dump ANY animal. Jeesh! Glad you chicken is on a healthy diet, and I hope it lives a good long life.
  6. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Raymond, Mississippi
    My DH doesn't know how Brandy wound up in a local park. She had been seen there for a couple of months or more by the locals who walk there. Finally, my husband just couldn't figure out how she was surviving, so he caught her and brought her home. That was the beginning of raising and loving chickens for me. Fortunately, I didn't have any other birds to worry about catching anything from her, and I have developed an acute case of chicken brains ever since we got her from just reading everything I can find on the Internet about chickens. Now I just get info from this site unless I don't get an answer here. My other source is MSUcares (Mississippi State University), but their site is SUPER technical and scientific. Diseases frighten me to death nearly. Since none of my flock (now I have FOUR birds) has expired, I'm getting calmer by the day and I spend some of the day on this site and most of the night! Chickens are time consuming, and I can't think of a better way to spend time. [​IMG] Good luck with your little (or shall I say big?) orphan find.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2008
  7. wolfpack62001

    wolfpack62001 Songster

    Mar 6, 2007
    New Brockton, Alabama
    I kept her seperated for about 2 weeks, I know she came from a Broiler House, we have those all over the place down here.
    She probably was a cast off from a chicken truck and good soul picked her up on the side of the road and dumped her here.
    And just to clairify, Im not starving her, she just gets to eat layer feeds, in the Houses they are fed steroids and high protien feeds to put on weight fast, she is doing so much better now.
  8. silkieluvr

    silkieluvr Songster

    Sep 20, 2007
    Marin, California
    What about pics? (I'm surprised I'm the first to ask) [​IMG]
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Since you know it's a cast off, I'd see if you couldn't get a grower feed instead as the excess calcium can be very rough on young systems which probably won't help her already self destructive genes. And it's illegal to use hormones(steroids) when growing poultry in the US so her massive size is purely genetics of selective breeding over 40+ years and high protein feeds.
  10. wolfpack62001

    wolfpack62001 Songster

    Mar 6, 2007
    New Brockton, Alabama
    Ill get some pics tomarrow Silkie, worked late tonight

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