Lonely chicken showed up

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by JadedPhoenix, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today when I woke up (I work nights) my husband asked me if I had a chicken loose because he thought he saw one while he was outside. I was certain that I didn't since it has been more than two weeks since I've let them free-range but when I went out to check on them and collect my egg (it is winter after all) I heard the loneliest sound that I've ever heard from a chicken. I couldn't see the chicken but I heard her just off to the right of the run. Figuring that the best way to get her back in the run in the limited amount of time I had before leaving for work, I opened up the run to let the others out since usually they all follow one another back in once it gets dark which would be an hour after I left for work. Once all of my chickens were out, I finally caught sight of the hen who was still making that long, lonely sound and she was indeed not one of my chickens. She looks to be a Rhode Island cross but not quite like a Red Star. I'll have to see if she is still around tomorrow and put her in a spare coop, the poor thing, until I know she is healthy. No one else around my home for more than twenty acres have chickens however years ago I had a third of my original flock break off since I had three roosters who each had their own harem. I'm thinking that she may be a descendant of those chickens. Still, it was strange to have a hen show up out of nowhere.
     
  2. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow, that is weird. Cool though, especially if she is a descendant. Or someone dropped her off because you have chickens.
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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  4. jacksson515

    jacksson515 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was reading the local gossip sheet the other day and someone posted that she had 17 goats that had suddenly appeared on her property. I assume from the post that someone must have dumped them. Now, that is a problem, what do you do with 17 goats; the feed would be expensive. One chicken isn't much of a problem. lol
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    If someone dumped 17 goats on my property, I would advertise and have a goat sale. :eek:)
     
  6. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mutton anyone? That could be good if you had an empty freezer.

    If the lone chicken is still around tomorrow, I'll try to get a pic of her.
     

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