I have kind of inherited a very gorgeous little chicken that had been living on its own at a local old folks home. My mum works there, she said it turned up as a chick and no one was ever able to catch it.. I'm not sure what she is but my best guess is a silkie crossed with a black australorp bantam. She is little and very timid - she looks like an astralorp except she has black face, feathered legs and an elvis hairdo! Anyway, she ventured into the kitchen and the cook finally caught her on Sunday and she has been in my rabbit hutch since then. I didn't want to put her straight in with my girls as I think they would all have a go at her and she is very timid. However, today she escaped as I was putting food in the run for her and I haven't been able to catch her again. she spent a fair bit of time at my neighbors lawn but I sat at the back step and fed the rest of the flock treats and she seemed to realize that chickens should be in a flock not on their own so eventually she joined in, everyone had a peck at her but she held her own against the youngest ones at least. Now they have all wandered off and left her alone again. I am just hoping she will find her way back into the hutch at bedtime, otherwise i guess I might never integrate her. Has anyone got any good ideas about how to manage this? I was thinking that I might put one of my pekins in with her to hopefully become friends before moving them both back into the main coop, what do you think? and how long do you think it might take to settle her in? she obviously doesn't know what layers pellets are, or even the seeds i through out for scratch, she has been living on foraging and bits of bread from the old folks all this time. Also, I have no idea how old she is, she is making egg song sort of noises and has quite a loud voice - but I have never had black faced poultry before so she looks quite different. any ideas would be appreciated!