Newbie by accident, help!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by trademarkchick, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. trademarkchick

    trademarkchick New Egg

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    Yesterday, my fiance found two random chickens at his place of work. He works on a 300+ acre ranch in Southern California so he believes they were dropped off or escaped from somewhere. They are friendly and were easily caught. We actually have a coop that was built years ago but never used. From my google search, they look like black silkies? One is smaller and a larger one that is definitely a rooster haha (very vocal) but super friendly. I have no idea how old they are or if they have been cared for properly. Are there certain vaccines needed and how often? Will the hen lay eggs? They seem very attached to each other. I'm trying to make them comfortable....should I be doing anything else???
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Merry Christmas! Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! How nice of you to take these chickens in! The learning centre has a great section on getting started which I'm sure you will find very helpful ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/getting-started-raising-chickens It has articles on all the things you need to know to keep your new birds happy, safe and healthy.

    Wishing you the very best of luck. Be sure to ask any questions, everyone here to help and very friendly.

    Enjoy BYC :frow
     
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I also highly recommend the Learning Center. Good luck to you!
     
  4. N F C

    N F C eggnog time! Premium Member Project Manager

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    Good luck with your new "accidental" chickens.

    Thanks for joining us!
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I think it was meant to be - if you posted a photo we could tell if they are really silkies or not. Silkie females tend to go broody often - which means they want to sit on their eggs and hatch out the chicks. Since she has a rooster with her, that may likely happen. Silkies are not the best layers but they are docile and very popular especially with kids.
     
  7. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    [​IMG] - good luck with your unplanned chicken keeping adventure.

    All the best
    CT
     

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