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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by taogal, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. taogal

    taogal In the Brooder

    Nov 8, 2016
    Hi folks--I live in the country on 6 acres in central Texas. I've never had chickens because I work in the city, an hour away, and realized I wouldn't have time to take care of them.

    But now I'm semi-retired and I'm home more often, and recently 2 stray chickens have taken up residence on my property. They seem young, a hen & rooster. I have several neighbors who raise chickens and I've asked if anyone's missing them, no one claims them.

    It's still warm here, but it will get cold at some point. For the time being, they hunt for food all day and roost high up in the pines. I kind of want to adopt them and build them a coop so they can be safe and sheltered at night.
    They come up to me when I bring out food, so I don't think it would be hard to get them in a coop at night.

    Has anyone ever turned wandering homeless chickens into coop chickens? Any advice?
    Should I put a nesting box in the coop for the hen?
    Thanks for any words of wisdom!

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, taogal, and :welcome! Great to have you with us. Adopted by a couple chickens, eh? You're sure not the first. Many folks have stories of how chickens just showed up and stayed. I'd recommend some of the articles in the Learning Center here https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center By their title you will see the ones of most importance to you...feeding and housing, etc. If you are planning a coop be sure and make it large enough for any future additions you might want. If this turns out to be something you enjoy, your flock will grow. I think your two can be induced with food into a coop. Once you have them keep them cooped for a few days with food and water. They will recognize it as home. Roosting in the pines they will soon became a meal from one predator or another. You could put a nexting box of some type in the coop to see if the hen is a layer...but if she's young it may be awhile. And here's the Coops Forum where you can peruse styles you might like: https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops
    Keep us posted on your two arrivals and ask any questions you have along the way. Best wishes!
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. You have some great links from @redsoxs that I'm sure will answer most of your questions, but please feel free to ask - we're all here to help each other.

    Best wishes
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  4. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Sounds like you've been adopted, guess those 2 knew a good thing when they found it. Redsoxs has given you some good advice so I'll just say, it's nice to have you here!
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  5. Athaid

    Athaid Songster

    Welcome to BYC.
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  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] glad you have joined us.

    Sounds like those 2 adopted you and since they are not afraid of you I think you'll have success in the plan.
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. You may want to post photos at "what breed or gender is this," to find out just what you have.
    2 people like this.

  8. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
    Hi and [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us! @redsoxs has given you some great advice and links so I will just say enjoy BYC and best wishes!
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  9. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! You've gotten good advice and links, so I'll just say hi! :frow
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  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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