Joining the flock!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by coleshiflett, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. coleshiflett

    coleshiflett New Egg

    Oct 18, 2013

    I am brand new to fowl-raising! I just moved to Oakland, CA (Jingletown neighborhood), and while I've been dreaming about fresh eggs for a long time, it's never seemed like the right moment.

    Well, two days ago, I was walking my dogs and saw two chickens being stalked by a few members of our neighborhood feral cat colony. Putting my dignity aside, I spent the next twenty minutes chasing those birds, and in the end was only successful at capturing one of them. After a little investigation, it appeared that they had come from a Uhaul moving box with some poked holes and full of chicken waste, that seemed to have been ditched right off the freeway off-ramp!

    So, I am now in possession of a chicken that is living in our bathroom. I've been feeding her some "good seed" bread, which can't continue because it's about 25 cents a slice, though she seems to love it. She's super docile, hasn't minded eating out of my hand or snuggling down on my lap, and she's pretty curious.

    We're working on building a pen and a coop (with the dogs, feral cats and possums we've seen, she can't be truly free range unfortunately), but I'm wondering what to do next?

    Can anyone help me identify what breed she might be?
    Any advice on Oakland or Berkeley local resources (feed stores, places where we could acquire her some sisters, a livestock vet)?
    Can I do anything on my own to check if she's healthy?
    Any other things I should be considering?

    Thanks, happy to join this community.
  2. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] She looks like a Red Sex Link (also known as a Red Star, Golden Comet, Cinnamon Queen, Red Cross, and the list goes on . . .). I don't live in California but other BYCers that do should be able to help you find a feedstore. You should also consider finding the other chicken that you saw or get more hens to keep her company. A coop would be ideal for a chicken to sleep for the night too.
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2013
  3. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    It would be nice if you could find her companion. they don't do well solitary. bread alone won't keep her healthy. she needs chicken feed. Google a store near you that sells chicken feed, tractor supply for one, if there is one near by you . Meal worms are a good treat for chickens. A large fishing net from Walmart would help you catch the other one.
    Welcome and enjoy!
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2013
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Any chance of getting the other hen as well? It would be nice for your girl to have some company of her own kind. You will find people in your area in the California thread:

    If you go post there I'm sure someone will be able to tell you where you can go to buy food and find all the other things needed to keep her healthy and happy. Best of luck with finding her friend!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] How kind of you to catch her and take her in.
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! Lucky hen that you saw and caught her. Check out The Learning Center for basic chicken information. X2 she looks like a red sex link.
  8. coleshiflett

    coleshiflett New Egg

    Oct 18, 2013
    We've built her a coop, and are looking around to acquire her some companions. Thanks all!!
  9. cypressdrake

    cypressdrake Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2012
    Thibodaux, Louisiana.
  10. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California

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