THANK YOU for saving these - they are free to a GOOD HOME

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  1. ChickensAmongUs

    ChickensAmongUs In the Brooder

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    I hope I added these pictures correctly and they aren't the wrong size or anything.....

    I will try to make a long story as short as possible.

    First of all, thank you to everyone on this website for saving the lives of these baby chicks.

    A former neighbor introduced chickens into our suburban neighborhood (for some reason), and they have been running wild for over 2 years now.....I have always liked having them around, even though the roosters crowing in the morning took some getting used to. For 2 previous springs, the mother hens raised their babies in and around my yard and I never had to intervene. At one time, there were probably about 20 chickens in the neighborhood. Right now, I would say there are between 5 and 10.

    I accidentally stumbled onto a hen sitting on eggs in a thicket on the edge of my property almost 2 months ago. Every evening after work, I would check from a distance to make sure she was still on the eggs. After about 4 days, I came home one evening and she was gone, and 6 of her 16 eggs were gone too. Soon it got dark, and I knew she was not coming back. I didn't know ANYTHING about chickens, but common sense told me the eggs would die if i didn't try to help them, so I brought them inside and put them in a Chex snack bowl on top of a wool hat.

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    I did a quick search on Google and found out they had to be at 99.5 degrees and I had a small thermometer and a Sunbeam heating pad with 6 temperature settings and no auto-shutoff, so I did my best. I figured all of the embryos would die for sure under such conditions, but it seemed to be a sin to leave them outside and not try to help.

    The next day at work, I did more searches for all of my questions, and I always ended up on this site. In fact, within a day or two, I stopped doing searches on Google and just did them exclusively on this site. I learned how to candle the eggs, and sure enough I saw movement in some of them. I couldn't believe it. I immediately went out and got a real incubator and an egg turner.

    After almost 2 weeks, 2 of the eggs hatched into the chicks in the top picture. They are now about a month old (as pictured), and they are doing great. I think it's a miracle, but it could have never happened without all of the information on this website. You guys saved their lives and never knew it until just now.

    About 2 weeks after that, I found the 2 younger chicks from the bottom picture wandering around my yard without their mother. They were only a day or two old, and I was able to catch them and bring them inside. They are now about 2 weeks old (as pictured).

    It sounds like there is a new predator around who is causing all of this trouble. I haven't figured out who or what it is yet. Maybe it's one of the dogs running loose in the neighborhood...I'm just not sure.

    The problem is that these babies are not safe around here, so I am not going to release them when they get older. I have been raising them in an empty room in the house, but I don't think they will be able to stay in the house when they all get big. Also, I have no idea what kind of chickens they are, or what sex, so obviously they could start breeding, or roosters fighting each other, etc.

    I am trying to find them all a good home. I may have to come up with a way to trap the other wild chickens, but right now I am concentrating on these 4 chicks. I thought I would come to this site because you have helped me before, and because I have noticed there are alot of people posting who own and love chickens and who live within 200 miles of me (I'm just outside of Asheville, N.C., in the western part of the state). When they are all old enough to travel (whenever that is, you tell me), I would personally deliver them to anyone on this site who can offer them a GOOD HOME. I would strongly consider driving even farther than 200 miles if I found the right person to help them.

    If anyone is interested in giving them a home, please respond to this post or PM me.

    Thanks again,
    Tom
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Crowing

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    Awww...bless you for saving them. Can you post a general location so that people will know if they are close enough to pick them up from you?

    ETA: Ooops, just saw you are in Asheville, NC - sorry about that. I've been there - beautiful area. A little far from me, but hopefully someone closer to you will see this. You might also look in the "Where am I? Were are you?" section and see if there is a NC thread, and post on that for people who are generally close to you.
     
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  3. sumi

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    That is a wonderful story! Wish we had more people like you in this world. I'm sure someone here will adopt those babies. Keep us posted! And do stick around. You don't have to own chickens to be a welcome member of our community!
     
  4. 1muttsfan

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    Good luck finding the littles a home - I would also reccomend your state thread
     
  5. Welcome to the forum! Glad this place helped!
    I have friends on that area (Candler/Enka) and have spent a lot of time there. You have all sorts of predators around there, I'm surprised the wild ones have survived this long. Must have very strong survival instincts.

    I'm sure you will find someone nearby to adopt them. You can always try Craigslist if no one from here responds.

    Good luck.
     
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. That was a very kind thing you did. :thumbsup
     
  8. ChickensAmongUs

    ChickensAmongUs In the Brooder

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    Thank you all.....there is a North Carolina thread and I will post on there soon if I don't find someone on this thread.

    I just checked the "hatchery" room and everyone is doing well.
     
  9. ChickensAmongUs

    ChickensAmongUs In the Brooder

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    Update:

    I just posted in North Carolina and South Carolina threads asking if anyone would like to adopt these guys....they are still looking for a new home!

    Tom
     
  10. ChickensAmongUs

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    Update:

    Wildriverswolf90 agreed to adopt all 4 chicks and they were safely delivered this evening. This story had a happy ending. There are more updates in the "Where am I? Where are you?" North Carolina thread.

    Thanks again to all of you.

    Tom
     

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