New Chicken Mama with question

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickens1967, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. chickens1967

    chickens1967 Hatching

    Jun 6, 2016
    modesto, ca
    Last summer me and my husbaND were playing cards in our backyard when I looked up and noticed a chicken in our tree! I was a little startled and confused at first but being the animal lover I am I wanted to befriend her. Long story short it was that girl who inspired me to have my own. Since last year it has become quite aparent that her owner (our neighbor) doesn't care one bit about her, doesn't feed or water her or acknowledge her. Meanwhile she goes from yard to yard, risking her life for food, water, and companionship. It is truly heartbreaking. Fast forward to today. I am the proud new mama of 6 beautiful girls (I pray). I have 3 orpington and 3 easter eggers. We got them when they were a day old and they are very affectionate. They are 8 weeks old and out in their new safe and enclosed coop. The neighbor bird who I named Stevie is a beautiful although malnourished Rhode Island Red. I am guessing she has to be at least 2 years old. She is here everyday, hanging out on top of the runs and has tried to get in on several occasions. It is SO sad. My question is this. Can I adopt her and somehow incorporate her in with my girls? And if so how? My girls safety and happiness is my primary concern. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Considering that she has already been roaming all over your property and neighborhood, anything that she has is already in your area. I wouldn't be concerned about diseases. Though seeing how as she has been roaming wild and eating what she can, you'd be wise
    to worm her and check her for lice and mites.

    She should integrate just fine with your flock. She might pick on the littles a bit, but it would be very difficult for her to pick on all 6 at once.

    A live trap, like those used for catching feral cats and wild animals, will catch a chicken just as easily. Else you can wait until nightfall and watch where she goes to roost. Nets work great for catching wily birds.
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Fully agree with Queen Misha. Wondering why your neighbor even bothers to have chickens, since he/she doesn't do anything for them. Glad you will take her in. Good luck with your new little ones and Welcome to Backyard chickens.
  4. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Songster

    Dec 11, 2015
    McVeytown PA
    Hi and welcome to BYC I am glad you could join us
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! I second the above advice. Shame, the poor thing must be so happy to see other chickens! Good luck with rehoming her! I hope it will all work out for the best.

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