Last week, to our surprise, a beautiful chicken just showed up in our backyard. We share a continuous hill with our neighbors, so when we'd go out to look at her, she'd just run in the brush in the neighbor's yard. After a week of spotting her, we finally caught her with the help of a neighbor, using a pen with a door that we swung shut with a string. We loved watching her roam free, but there are so many coyotes and hawks, we just felt we should catch her. That first day, she was agitated and wouldn't even eat in our presence. We've learned that she is a silver laced Polish, and have been told that she looks like a juvenile. Though we have posted on neighborhood forums and put up signs, no one claimed her (although many said they'd take her). We decided to keep her because my daughter has long wanted to raise chickens. We will be getting a coop this weekend, but right now she is in a covered pen, approximately 3x3 or 4x4. We've been told to handle her as much as possible, and she has calmed to the point that she will eat a berry from our fingers. So we decided to try and hold her today. I thought I'd hold her and have someone else feed her mealworms and then after a few minutes let someone else hold her. We were instructed on how to hold her as to make her the most calm. Unfortunately, when we took the lid off the pen, she flew out (wings to the face are strong!) and hid in our bushes, flew against our house and then ran into our house. I finally caught her in a towel and sat with her against my body for about 15 minutes, but she would not eat and it was a very stressful experience. I didn't end up passing her to my daughters because we feared losing her. So we managed to put her back into the pen, and were relieved at that point. Is it realistic that we will ever get her to the point that she will be as docile of a pet as Silver Polish are described to be? I'm nervous about trying again tomorrw and then also about getting her into her coop when we do get it. Anyone have experience with getting a chicken to gradually acclimate? If so, about how long does it take? Any recommendations. We don't know how long she had been wandering the neighborhood, but it had been at least a week between the first time we saw her til the time we caught her. Any recommendations are appreciated!