The previously homeless chicken.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DeepFriedBacon, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. DeepFriedBacon

    DeepFriedBacon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone. I found myself here @ BYC a week ago or so. Now, I have been toying with the idea of getting some chickens for a while, oonly thing stopping was convincing the boss that she should let me...
    Well, I was working on fixing my neighbors shed, opened up my work trailer doors and left them open for a bit. I return an hour or so later to fetch a tool, and as soon as I touch the door this chicken freaks out flappin and clucking. Scared the livin daylights outta me. No one near me has chickens. Put up a found chicken sign no one claimed it. it seemed to not have a home as it wandered back and forth between the neighbors house and mine for 2-3 days.

    I came here, read up, and now I have a small tractor and 2 other laying hens I bought from a farm.

    **** things are kind of addicting.

    I bought 2 Americana's, and I haven't nailed down exactly what kind the homeless(formerly:p) one is, feather outside feet, pea comb, gray blue color. I'll get a pic up eventually. Lookin forward to the sharing of knowledge!
     
  2. The Howards

    The Howards Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome! That is an awesome story.
     
  3. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    Welcome to BYC!!! :) Glad you joined.
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, DeepFriedBacon, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our flock! Love the username! [​IMG]! Hope your flock continues to grow! Good luck to you!
     
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    [​IMG] Your story made me smile.
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] I guess that was a sign that you were meant to keep chickens! I'm just curious as to how you convinced the boss that this chicken really came out of nowhere [​IMG] LOL Enjoy!
     
  7. DeepFriedBacon

    DeepFriedBacon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She didn't believe me @ first...lol she swore up and down I bought it, but the neighbor bailed me out as he saw actually saw it first the day before.

    I was scared for the chicken, we have a LOT of owls, coyotes, and actually this past spring, red tailed hawks nested right on my property! Which is awesome, if you're not a chicken.
    So being the chicken-who will be referred to as Col. Sanders from now on-didn't seem to leave the area, I tossed it in the garage. After cruising through here a bit, bought some chicken wire and started on my pile of 2x4's.

    The "tractor" (love it's called that) style is what seemed to suit me most, I do plan to free range, but with all the predators figured this would be better, as I can move it all over. The coop part is 42" wide, 36" deep, and 36" tall. The run is 7' x 6-1/2'. By all calculations, should be a pretty roomy home for 3 chickens I hope? I still have to build the next box section and attach to the coop, and I'm also weary of the chicken wire. I should of went with hardware cloth...although I 'm hoping to re-purpose a few sections of chain-link fence, and attach that on the outside, right over the chicken wire. Still concerned about racoons sticking their little paws through.

    Also, I did buy a bag of layer pellets, grit, and I had a bag of corn, that I use to feed the deer. I see people use cracked corn, but this is whole corn...they still seem to gobble it right up, but I don't want to give them more if it's not the right kind.
    Thanks to all for the replies and information!
     
  8. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and welcome from Ohio....so glad you joined. Loved your story :)
     
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Lucky thing you had the neighbour as witness! What a coincidence... you want a chicken and there's the chicken LOL.

    My chickens like whole corn, but they told me they prefer cracked corn... Fussy! Hardware cloth is great for raccoons and from what I heard that's about the only thing that keeps them out. I think it's worth the cost.
     
  10. NotableNancy

    NotableNancy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a great story!! Good luck with them and post pics if you can; I'd like to see the girls!
     

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