Newbie with a large Flock of ferrel chickens that made a home on my property!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by f and r, Jan 17, 2015.

  1. f and r

    f and r Hatching

    Jan 17, 2015
    Hello everyone,
    I am new to chickens all together
    Have a flock of ferrel chickens that have made a home on my property
    One of hens has created a nest on my porch and is sitting on about 14 eggs.
    I'm assuming this flock is about to get bigger, lol
    I'm not trying to cage any of them just wana make sure babies will be ok and if I should do anything or just let nature take its course.
    It would be nice to actually get eggs for consumption, but not sure about it all.
    Any ideas or advice on any of this would be appreciated!
  2. hennible

    hennible Crowing

    Feral chickens? Did they come with your property? My strategy would be to provide them a coop and let them find their way into it, give them a nice place to roost, a nice spot to lay eggs and They'll probably call it home at some point... the chicks on your deck, I don't know, mama usually knows best. But the chick will be vulnerable to a lot of different predators even the other chickens in the flock, but the mama hen will do her best to keep them safe... depending on how serious she is about brooding you could move her to a safer location ( a dog kennel something where the chicks can't get away from her once they hatch ) and your best shot at moving a broody will be at night...
    Are you feeding the chickens? Sorry I just can't wrap my head around wild chickens it's really interesting... :)
    Best wishes welcome to BYC and see you out in the forum ( I hope )
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] We're glad you joined us!
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.
  6. Fowl Momma

    Fowl Momma In the Brooder

    May 13, 2014
    Indian River, Michigan
    That's awesome! I wish we had feral chickens. Hennible has good advice. You're so blessed to have feral chickens.
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome back to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. You don't happen to be from Hawaii do you? There are loads of feral game chickens running around in Hawaii. :eek:) Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I am thinking the same as Michael. My brother has been to Hawaii often and always talks about the feral chickens. They are somewhat tamed because they pester people for food and of course get it. He gets quite a kick out of them and takes pictures. They also crow a lot I would think since they are feral -they are robust and have great survival skills.
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X3 on @Michael OShay 's advice.
  10. nj2wv

    nj2wv Songster

    Jan 14, 2015
    Lost Creek ,WV
    Welcome !! I saw an episode of dirty jobs that had mike Rowe catch feral chickens in Miami. People would buy chickens and if they got roosters then they would set them free. I think it is available on YouTube.

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