My feral chicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ChickenCindy, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. ChickenCindy

    ChickenCindy New Egg

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    Greetings. I'm new to this site. I had a hen show up in my backyard about 6 months ago. She's been eating my cat's food and foraging in the yard. Well, a rooster showed up in the neighborhood a few weeks ago (he is gone now) and now Winifred (yes I named her!) has 7 little chicks! I'm clueless about what I should doing for them! Help! [​IMG]
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as no predators get them, the hen will care for the chick's needs-assuming you do not wish to catch and cage them. If you wish to, some chick starter, instead of cat food, would give them a much better start. What about the future? Do you want a flock of feral chickens in your back yard?

    Welcome to BYC.
     
  3. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. X2 on nchls school. Because chances are good some of those chicks could be cockerels. Good luck with your endeavors.
     
  4. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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  5. ChickenCindy

    ChickenCindy New Egg

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    How early can you tell if you have baby roosters? Because those definitely wouldn't be allowed in my residential neighborhood.
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. I'd suggest that around 6 weeks is a good time to post pics here on BYC under the "what breed or gender is this" forum and you will get the responses you need.

    All the best
    CT
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Do your cats stalk them? The feral mother probably will try to protect them but, I doubt she could from cats.
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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  9. ChickenCindy

    ChickenCindy New Egg

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    My cats have never bothered the hen but I am afraid if the chicks wander too far my outdoor cat Bob might get them. I'm looking into getting a chicken coop but it looks like a pricey endeavor. I have 2 semi feral cats living in the backyard who were born there.
     
  10. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    You can always make your own. There are beautiful coops built with old pallets. Just as long as you use hardware cloth, not chicken wire. It's too flimsy aginst predators.
     

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