Thank goodnes for this site! Help identify please!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by bumbleB, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. bumbleB

    bumbleB New Egg

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    Ok so I was out of town for a night, just one, and I come home to find a chicken in my back yard! I guys when the wife is away the boys will play...or just bring home a chicken! So I have never cared for a chicken before, I have successfully raised a child, dogs, parrot, bunny..., but not a chicken so I could use a few pointers. First what kind of chicken is she, shes black with a green sheen and some reddish brown spots on her neck and chest, she seems super sweet but a little skiddish still. I named her "Chicky" ( so clever, right?) I have been feeding her some of produce, I was able to google what chickens can and cant eat, (that's where I found this lovely site) and have to figure out a way to build a cheap easy hen house, so any advice would be great for that. We have a small kiddie pool out back that is low enough that she can get water but is there something better I could be using for her water? Thanks in advance for any help and comments.
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  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I can't see the red spots from these photos, but if she has them, then she is probably a Black Sex-link. If she didn't have the red, I would think she was a Black Austrolorp. Both breeds are very gentle and make excellent egg layers.

    There are many coop plans available on the Internet, and on BYC. If you haven't already, I would check out the BYC coop page: https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops The Learning Center has great information on raising chickens, too: https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    If you plan on keeping "Chicky," then it would be best if you got some commercial chicken feed and started feeding her that. Chickens love produce/other treats, but those foods don't offer them a complete diet. Since she's a hen, you would want to get "layer feed."

    As for water, the kiddie pool might suffice, or you could purchase a chicken waterer from a local livestock supply store/farm store. There are many brands of waterers, but below is an example of one: [​IMG]

    Good luck with her! She's a beautiful hen!
     
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  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    X2 on Bantamlover21's advice.

    I would also think of getting a friend for "Chicky" (cute name by the way). Chickens are flock animals that enjoy living together. A lonely chicken won't be completely happy. Ideally, you want 2-3 chickens. I'm sure that you can find another hen or two needing a good home; maybe see if a local farm has an extra, or post on Craigslist or go to a local feed store. There is also a section on BYC for Buying/Selling/Trading. Here is a link to it: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/67/buy-sell-trade

    Best wishes to you and "Chicky"!
     
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  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC - in addition to Bantamlover's great post, if you do keep "chicky" you would do well to get her a friend (or two or three) - they are flock animals.
     
  5. bumbleB

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    Thank You for the advice, its much appreciated. I will have to get to cal-ranch or something today and get her some feed and a waterer. I have always wanted chickens, just didn't expect a sudden exec decision from the hubby. I always see chickens on craigslist and will definitely look into that. Thanks again guys! so happy for this site
     

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