Strange Hens

RevLorrie

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I recently had two hens decide they wanted to be in with my flock. They appeared out of nowhere several weeks ago running along our road, a neighbor alerted me thinking they were one of mine. Soon, these two hens found my flock and began living next to the fence, roosting in the brush. After a few weeks, and trying to find where they belonged ( several neighbors have free rangers, but do not keep very good track of their birds) I began to toss some of the grain out for them, they were a bit skinny. They gobbled up everything that I offered.

My own flock soon got used to them, and cold weather was ahead. I let my flock out of their pen to graze and frolic in the grass, and the two strange hens just joined right up. After a few obligatory chest bumps and squawks, everyone was happy.

These new hens do not look at all sick, one had a few missing feathers, but the neighbor reported hearing coyotes just before the hens appeared on the road. They have fattened right up, and are laying. I do not know the history of these hens, are their eggs safe? They look real good and healthy, nice feathers, act normal. No signs of illness or anything.
 

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I would guess that their eggs are fine but if you don't feel comfortable eating them, dispose as you wish.

Thanks for joining us!
 

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If they seem healthy maybe inspect the insides of the couple of the eggs before choosing to eat them. If they seem healthy once I do a check over and checked some eggs I would eat them. But I’ve been told sometimes I throw caution to the wind. LOL. Sounds like they were away from home I needed a place to go and some food. Glad they found a good home
 

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