Newbie Please Help!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Kariib89, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. Kariib89

    Kariib89 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 14, 2011
    Hi Chicken Folk!

    I have always been interested in chickens as pets, but have recently been researching raising ducks instead.

    However...three days ago, a chicken found me. I live smack dab in the middle of Jackson Mississippi...woke up and went outside that morning, and there was a little red hen in my yard. She had no qualms about being picked up, and i carried her inside, thinking she may have been hurt. Nope, just very thirsty and hungry.

    I fed her some bread and kale (leafy green), not really knowing what else i could feed her. I put some aspen shavings (from my pet rats) in a small, enclosed dog kennel that i have and put her in that. After lunch she was anxious to be out of the kennel, so i took apart an old ferret cage and created a circular thing outside with a large air conditioner top over it to let her out in. She went out, pecked at the bugs, ate the grass, and when nighttime came she wanted back in the kennel. I put her back in the kennel and brought her back inside (i know my enclosure would not keep wild dogs out, and we have many of those around).

    Needless to say, i have completely fallen in love with this little hen. I (believe??) she is a rhode island red, but that is just a guess from comparing pics on the internet. She is fairly young. I have tried to locate her owners to no avail.

    In order to keep this little gal, what do i need to do to make her comfortable? Obviously the arrangement i have now is not able to be permanent, as i am not able to supervise her outside every single day. The little pen i made is tiny (about three feet wide and three feet across, circular...very small).

    I have been doing my research online, but there are just some things i don't know. A million questions. Please help? I will try to post a pic of the little gal along with this post. Thanks!![​IMG]


    Aug 1, 2011
    If I were you I would get maybe some more hems to go with her for sone company and then just buy a chicken coop
    Pur straw in the nest box and wood shavings in the middle and let them free range on grass in the day or buy a chicken run
    ( EBay) and put in the coop at night and lock them away!!!
    [​IMG] by the way I love your little hen shes so cute !

    Good luck to u and your little rhide island red!
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. Your are going to need a safe coop, in order to protect from predators. It doesn't need to be anything elaborate, an old shed or even a large dog house that you can put a door on for nightime, until you can get something built. I use plastic fencing with those driveway markers as poles. It makes a great temporary pen. You will also need to get her some feed. You can get a layer feed at a local TSC or feed store. Bread is not good for them long term. I do agree she would like a friend. Good luck with your new friend. [​IMG]
  4. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY

    All of the above!!! Lots of luck, definitely she needs a friend or two!
  5. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    [​IMG] Hello and welcome to BYC. I agree with her needing a friend. Chicken feed is important too. Good luck with her. Building a coop and run would make her super happy. The standard space size is 4 square feet per chicken in the coop with 10 square feet per chicken in the run.[​IMG]
  6. ThePigeonKid

    ThePigeonKid Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2010
    Ohio - Chickens 3yrs
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    [​IMG] from Kansas! Great to have you aboard![​IMG] Best of luck with your housing conundrum! [​IMG] Enjoy BYC!! [​IMG]
  8. susanbird

    susanbird Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 13, 2011
    Quote:Welcome from CA

    You can also use a dog kennel with a shade cloth top for summer. A roof for winter. Then a dog house inside. If she is not laying yet get her a 20percent chick feed like Purina Flock Raiser (green bag) or even a layer mix with oyster shell and some cracked corn in it. With only one chicken you might want to see if a feed store sells poundage. Good luck with her, enjoy!
  9. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA

    Welcome to chicken world! (Couldn't you tell when everyone started suggesting you need "friends" for your new girl?) Good luck and enjoy. I think a small coop is a good place to start. If you brownse around on here, you will see lots of ideas for building your own.
  10. TroutsChicks

    TroutsChicks Fluffy Stuffins

    Jun 5, 2011
    baxter Tn
    From middle tn!
    welcome chicken lover, future addict, and "crazy chicken lady" that your friends will call you!! [​IMG] Chickens being social creatures need to have a flock, since you are part of her flock you kinda count... but when your not around..... so a friend would help her out...sides.. do you just eat one egg at breakfast? [​IMG] oh yeah.. heres a secret about byc, we are all enablers!! and we will teach you chicken math! shes gonna need a coop and a run, you can buy or build. Tractor supply has all the stuff you need and sometimes they have a small coop ( kinda like a rabbit hutch ) or i think you can order one through them. theres also links on byc to companies that sell coops. If you look under "where are you " on byc theres a thread for your city or area and post that you are new and have 1 chicken and i am sure you will get all the help and extra chickens that you need!! I think shes a RIR, shes pretty! oh yeah... chickens love cheese [​IMG] Read through the treads and find ones that line up to a question you want to ask or use the search feature on the site, cause sometimes the question has been asked. you can also put us on buddy lists and send us a "pm" its like email, if you need one on one help. You can add me i would be more then willing to help you [​IMG] she also looks like shes about 9-10 weeks old. cant wait to hear from you!

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