Hey There! VA newbie here!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ambervaemt, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. Ambervaemt

    Ambervaemt Just Hatched

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    Hiall! I am Amber and I live in Clifton Forge, Va. We had discussed having chickens for a while now, but now have a gorgeous chicken in our yard now that some moron dumped off! My neighbors think I am crazy knockin on doors asking who is missing a chicken.

    So...as soon as I can catch her (hopefully tonight) because I have found where she is roosting we will get her a forever home and a family.

    Hope to get all kinds of info and great conversation! Holler if ya would like! [​IMG]
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    Once you can catch her, you should keep her in something like a dog crate or cage until you can find her home. Many feed stores will carry small 5lb. bags of chicken feed. If you can purchase some layer ration feed for her, that's what she should be eating. From the looks of it, she's a mature Black Australorp hen.
     
  3. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC, thanks for joining us. Very nice of you to rescue that hen ... are you planning on keeping her? Chickens are social and need at least one other chicken for a friend. Best of luck.
     
  4. Ambervaemt

    Ambervaemt Just Hatched

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    Thank you for the welcome! I do plan on keeping her and one of my friends is going to give me some hens for her a family. I couldnt let her be by herself. But I did read that a lonely chicken is a sad chicken. She will have a family as soon as I can catch her. She runs as soon as I come out the door just about. I dont want to chase her so I found out last night where she was roosting so tonight I am tip toeing through poison ivy after dark to try to catch her and make it the least stressful as I can.
     
  5. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    Hi and welcome to BYC! That is very nice of you! It is great that you know where she is roosting, it may be easier to wait until it's dark and then pick her up when she's sleeping because chickens can't see very well in the dark. Good luck and thanks for joining us! [​IMG]
     
  6. Ambervaemt

    Ambervaemt Just Hatched

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    Thank you all so much!! I have Tractor Supply here, Southern States almost an hour away. They have Nutrena NatureWise Layer - Do you recommend crumbles or pellets? What is the difference? Do you recommend feeding some at different times or do you recommend having food available at all times. I am told to keep her in a run for a while until everybody adjusts and she knows this is home now.
     
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Nice to meet you Amber. Black Australorps are a very good breed to have.
     
  8. pipAchick

    pipAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome. Not gonna pretend a part of me is not yelling within,,,,"Why in the world would someone dump a perfectly good bird?" people do crazier things though everyday.
    There's a family that raises those not far from me. Watch&see if she lays an egg tomorrow&keep us updated, please!
     
  9. pipAchick

    pipAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Crumbles are just that, fine grainules&easier for young pullets&growing cockerals to digest however it seems a great deal goes to waste&squirrels and worms might find their way quickly to your flock.
    Pellets look a lot like rabbit&horse feed..small formed bits..least for us our birds don't waste as much of those in winter.(there's not as much to free range in snowy months so we provide sustance for them.)
     
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  10. Ambervaemt

    Ambervaemt Just Hatched

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    Thank you pipAchick - I caught her!!! Yay!! She was up about 6 foot in a pine tree so I pulled the limb down as slow as I could and grabber her like a football - just a little bit of arguing but calmed right down. I have her in a dog crate in the dark garage with water and since my Tractor Supply run is in the morning I gave her some bread and corn. Thanks to the help and warm welcomes everyone! She has been in my yard and woods since Friday and I havent seen any eggs - maybe after she is settled and calm she will pop out a dozen [​IMG]
     

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