Hi, I just adopted my first chicken and I have loads of questions. I live in Toronto Canada where I know chickens aren't legal. My hen came from another "stealth" chicken keeper in the Toronto area. This hen has a bad leg and the former owner (who's also a novice) was afraid she would give some disease to the rest of the flock. The former owner was about to cull her when I convinced her to give her to me. I will ask my questions in the appropriate areas of this forum. I'm one of those people who gives off a chemical that attracts unwanted or lost pets. I'm known in my apartment building as The Bird Lady. I'm sort of like the crazy cat lady on the Simpsons except with birds. I have a Parisian Frill canary who I found being pecked at by a bunch of starlings on my 16th floor balcony. When I first saw him I thought he was a ball of fluff, then I saw the blood. He's been with me almost 2 years now. I also have a huge flight cage with six budgies, I call it Budgopolis. They were left behind by a former tenant in my building, flying loose around a filthy apartment. The super came to my door asking me to round them up of course. I used a big fish tank net to catch them. Then there's my Indian Fantail pigeon. I found her stuffed in a small box outside, being tormented by a group of children. She now has the run of my bedroom during the day (I cover everything with tarps while she's out). I trained her to fly into her cage on command. I posted her pic on a fantail club page and they told me she's show quality and a rare colour, so I recently found her a mate. I also have two pairs of button quail, they lay eggs which I boil and feed back to the birds. For some reason they freak out when they see my hen, even across the room. Now about my hen. She's a copper maran pullet. I think she's beautiful with her copper/gold neck feathers and glossy black feathers with a green sheen. I've built a pen for her in the bedroom and I'm using a thick layer of pine shavings as bedding. I scoop her poop out of the bedding several times a day. Her wings are clipped (I didn't do it!) so she can't fly. I put a box into her pen with some shredded paper, thinking she might feel safer in there, but so far no evidence she's used it. She's pretty quiet except when I enter the room or when I'm close to her, then she makes a soft "bawwwwwwk" sound. She doesn't move around much and spends much of the time roosting or lying on her side on the floor. She lies next to her food dish, occasionally getting up to drink. She hops on one leg to get around. I haven't named her yet. I'm still working out if I'll be able to keep her permanently. Currently my plan is to keep her in my bedroom to see if she gets better (I've set her up in a corner where it would be easy to hide her if the landlord comes snooping) but I'm worried it might not be a viable solution in the long term. I know some people keep chickens indoors and put chicken pants on them, and even take them out on leashes for walks. I have a pet stroller, so if her leg heals, once the weather warms up I could take her to local parks. I'm already planning to build an outdoor cage on my balcony for my pigeons to get sunlight, I could do the same for my hen.