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HALP! Chcken in my garden and IT WONT LEAVE!

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HopAlongOn Sun 20-Jul-14 22:38:42

Posting here for traffic.

As above. There is a chicken in my garden. Been there since dinner time. I asked around my neighbours and someone thinks it belongs to a house in a cul de sac at the back of our garden, but when I knocked on doors no one knew anything except that three of them sort of come and go in their gardens too and just sort of... make their way home eventually.

We tried to shooo it away under the fence to the back of us, thinking it might have got stuck. But it came back! It's now asleep on my back door step. Right next to the bloody cat flap.

My cat is a beast, he catches magpies and squirrels. He's indoors with us at the minute and mostly seemed ... confused (?) by the chicken. I don't think he would attack it because it's got massive claws, but he is quite stupid. I don't have a litter tray and he is going to need to go out at some point tonight.

What do I do?! What if it's still there in the morning? Should I feed it? It's warm here still so I guess it will be OK overnight?

PintOfWine Sun 20-Jul-14 22:40:25

Er no, it will be fox food unless you lock the stupid bird up in a garage. Or a cat carrier and put it in the shed.

mousmous Sun 20-Jul-14 22:41:03

have you got a shed or outhouse for it to stay the night?
so many foxes and other beasts (and yes a cat would take it if it can) about.

WallyBantersJunkBox Sun 20-Jul-14 22:41:15

Shake a box of Paxo whilst drawing your finger across your neck?

Help it cross the road?



JudysPriest Sun 20-Jul-14 22:42:10

Just eat it!

Sinfandel Sun 20-Jul-14 22:42:57

make sure its got some fresh water. it will eat things out of your garden and be fine for a short time but it needs water. and agree with pint, lock it away in the shed or something to keep it away from foxes.

GeraldineFangedVagine Sun 20-Jul-14 22:43:58

attract the fox with a gizzard and it will leave the chicken alone.

Thisvehicleisreversing Sun 20-Jul-14 22:44:00

But can you be sure the chicken came first? Is there also an egg lying around? grin

polkadotdelight Sun 20-Jul-14 22:44:23

Please don't leave it out overnight as it will be eaten by a fox. Stick it in a cat carrier lined with newspaper and a small bowl of water. Our chickens like banana, apple, grapes, cucumber, brocolli etc if you want to pop a little food in there.

At this time of night it will be very docile so dont be worried about picking ut up.

grin at help it across the road.
Yy try to catch it in something, a cat carrier, cardboard box, slow cooker.
Otherwise a fox will get it.

GeraldineFangedVagine Sun 20-Jul-14 22:45:37

ignore that. i imagined the fox as i am quite drunke.

SantanaLopez Sun 20-Jul-14 22:47:10

Geraldine grin

Have you got a box or something you could put over it (like a tumbler over a spider) until your cat comes back?

HopAlongOn Sun 20-Jul-14 22:51:43

It's in a cat box and in the shed. I gave it some bread crusts. I will try and get a dish of water in there too.

GeraldineFangedVagine Sun 20-Jul-14 22:53:40

play the chicken jolene. im playing it and its really cheering me up. i daresay chickens like good musik.

GeraldineFangedVagine Sun 20-Jul-14 22:54:47

give it a saucer of corona. poor thing sounds like its down on its luck. plus beer basted chixen is delicioso.

HopAlongOn Sun 20-Jul-14 22:55:42

I gave it some grapes. It really is very docile. I sort of want to keep it. Husband is shooting me filthy looks.

HopAlongOn Sun 20-Jul-14 22:57:03

I also gave it water, husband is now concerned we are running a chicken hotel.

GeraldineFangedVagine Sun 20-Jul-14 22:57:48

tell him not to opress you. chickenz are things too, worthy of love.

I would have just left it and it would have probably roasted in a tree then found it's way home when the others shouted that they were being fed in the morning. I've never known a chicken be taken by a cat. They can put up a bloody good fight. Foxes are a risk but they are in the day time too.

Haha roasted in a tree.

If it was asleep then dead easy to pick it up. Try and find it's people in the morning, though - unless you want some more, as chickens are not generally very happy on their own,

Bloody autocorrect grin though it probably would have in this weather
(And why does autocorrect correct proper words?)

HopAlongOn Sun 20-Jul-14 23:02:33

She's very fluffy.

GeraldineFangedVagine Sun 20-Jul-14 23:03:51

she looks like a pixies fan. offer her a fag and a brandy and send her on her way.

lettertoherms Sun 20-Jul-14 23:03:55

I think pp have convinced you to kidnap a chicken, actually.

Eve Sun 20-Jul-14 23:04:46

Ah, she's very sweet!

slithytove Sun 20-Jul-14 23:05:41

I have just cried with laughter at this thread, I think DH thinks I'm not all there

HopAlongOn Sun 20-Jul-14 23:07:09

My husband think similarly.

Oh god. Have I chickennapped someone's pet?!

Quietly relieved that it's not one of mine
Especially when I suggested roasting it. I swear they understand human

lettertoherms Sun 20-Jul-14 23:09:32

I dunno... are wild chickens common in your area?

HopAlongOn Sun 20-Jul-14 23:13:09

Um, no? I mean, I've never seen one.

Toddler DS is going to go mad when he sees her tomorrow.

lettertoherms Sun 20-Jul-14 23:18:14

Then it might be a pet. wink

If she had gone to sleep, and it was dark, then you are offering shelter, not chickennapping. Once they are asleep, no matter how unsuitable a place they have chosen, they will stay there. It's more or less the only respect in which they are actually as stupid as people think they are IME/O.

WallyBantersJunkBox Sun 20-Jul-14 23:23:05

The problem is..with lager, bread, grapes, fags and brandy on tap, will it actually want to leave?

Perhaps it thinks it's on an AI holiday. shock

TheSpottedZebra Sun 20-Jul-14 23:30:18

All that's missing is a sunbed and a fight.

Maybe let your cat back out?

GeraldineFangedVagine Sun 20-Jul-14 23:31:17

i just ate a chicken sandwich. it was lovely.

hiddenhome Sun 20-Jul-14 23:34:02

Don't give it bread, it'll get diarrhoea.

They'll eat porridge made with water, cooked sweetcorn and other frozen veg, apple, grains, small amounts of cooked rice and bits of unprocessed meat. Don't give anything salty.

They like a drink of water.

Ours eat everything - that's their job grin.

WallyBantersJunkBox Mon 21-Jul-14 00:42:10

Think of the great reviews you'll get on Chicken Tripadvisor. wine

Namechangearoonie123 Mon 21-Jul-14 01:03:20

That chicken is very sweet

Hopefully in the morning she will pay for her nights stay with an egg smile

Ours ate all leftover food waste, they didn't like uncooked veg or peelings, but my Grandad used to cook up all the peelings and mash it for them. We got loads of eggs. I loved my Chickens, we get more in the next couple of years.
If you make her a nice spot for night time she may keep coming back and laying eggs for you.

KingJoffreysBloodshotEye Mon 21-Jul-14 07:53:45

My chickens used to peck on the back door to come in.

They'd also sit on the sofa with me and watch telly.

They were killed by a fox. Gutted.

Hug your new chicken for me!!

LotsaTuddles Mon 21-Jul-14 08:05:48

You've got a new pet grin

It might be like a cat and keep coming back, it'll spend so much time with your cat it'll think it's a cat too grin

HopAlongOn Mon 21-Jul-14 08:12:33

Well fluffychops* was fine overnight.

And is currently being chased around the garden by a two year old, eagerly trying to convince her to eat some of his breakfast. Cat is looking on, bemused but not very interested.

*of course I didn't name her...

captainmummy Mon 21-Jul-14 08:17:56

Oh I want chickens now! Especially a fluffy cute looking one like yours!

Might be nice to have a 2YO again too grin

curiousgeorgie Mon 21-Jul-14 08:24:01

This thread makes me want to get a chicken.

Or eat a chicken.

Maybe both...

TuckingFablet Mon 21-Jul-14 09:54:18

mmmm chicken

PintOfWine Mon 21-Jul-14 12:31:27

Put up posters. Chickens can roam. My parents live rurally and have neighbors about 1/3 km down who keep chickens. The rooster routinely leads his harem to their backyard, forcing my mother to shoo them back up the road at dusk.

MummytoMog Mon 21-Jul-14 13:12:38

Chickens are brilliant pets. Go online, order an Omlet Eglu and two more chickens, and you're set up for life with lovely pets and yummy eggs. We have eight at the bottom of the garden with a big enclosed run for when we're not at home during the day and we haven't bought eggs in eight years. I can't believe how expensive they are in the shops! Everyone else's eggs taste so bland, I'm ruined for fry ups and canteen breakfasts now.

We also have very little food waste smile

HopAlongOn Mon 21-Jul-14 13:15:38

It's still here. I put some posts up on local Facebook groups so hopefully someone will get in touch.

jaynebxl Mon 21-Jul-14 13:20:15

I hope someone claims her soon. They get lonely if they're not in a little group. Maybe she will find her own way back.

captainmummy Mon 21-Jul-14 15:26:56

No - don't get an eglu! Horrible, plastic, overpriced tat! Chickens are happy in an old shed or even a kennel. Give them a run and a dustbath and some sweetcorn, they are happy.

My NDN has chickens and ducks and they are the funniest little things! Free entertainment, and free eggs.

Namechangearoonie123 Mon 21-Jul-14 15:36:49

I've had an Eglu since they came out, it's 11 years old and still in perfect condition

Very, very solid plastic. I've had sheds and cars break quicker grin

Nomama Mon 21-Jul-14 15:45:09

No more bread, it is bad for them.

You can feed it almost anything else but bread and dairy (and potato peelings). Any grain will be good for a few days, we used muesli when out of pellets and flooded in. But if it will eat fruit and veg, feed it those too.

Have you put a sign at your gate? It needs to go back to its flock before they forget it and they start the pecking order game again.

Local rescue centre should take it if you can't keep it, 1 alone is not good.

HopAlongOn Mon 21-Jul-14 16:19:24

So If I keep it (if I can't find Its owner) I'd need to get It a friend?
I'm hoping it will go back to its home soon, we're getting quite attached the daft thing.

I've got muesli, will give it that.

polkadotdelight Mon 21-Jul-14 16:25:21

In defence of my eglu, I bought it second hand and they arent cheap but they are brilliant. Easy to scrub, solid, warm and no worries about disintegrating/rotting.

Chickens are brilliant.

Staywithme Mon 21-Jul-14 16:29:25

FOr crying out loud, I'm now looking up chicken breed on the internet trying to find out what breed it is. confused I need to get a life.

captainmummy Mon 21-Jul-14 16:32:07

Actually staywithme I'm interested in what breed it is; it's v cute!

and it saves me looking it up

Mrsmorton Mon 21-Jul-14 16:34:30

Someone near me keeps a massive python and feeds it live male bantam hens. One escaped once, terribly exciting.

Some kind of pekin?

Staywithme Mon 21-Jul-14 16:38:48


Would be better if we could see it from the front. There's an old man I know that 'shows' chickens and apparently the fancy breed are very expensive. I grew up on a farm and we had wee banties. Birds can be very affectionate and I can just see the cat and chicken fighting over who sits on your knee. grin

NadiaWadia Mon 21-Jul-14 16:39:17

How horrible Mrsmorton , has anyone reported them to the RSPCA or similar? They could be done for causing unnecessary suffering I think.

Has she got feathery feet?

Staywithme Mon 21-Jul-14 16:39:36

Someone near me keeps a massive python and feeds it live male bantam hens. One escaped once, terribly exciting.

That's horrible. sad

MummytoMog Mon 21-Jul-14 16:43:58

Shed? Kennel? Seriously? We bought a (terribly pretty) wooden house from the Domestic Fowl Trust after four happy years with an eglu - had red mite within six months, couldnt' get rid of it at all. Burnt house on bonfire, bought another eglu. Second hand they are perfectly reasonable and they last and last and are a doddle to clean. Also, girl children tend to be fond of the pink ones.

Looks like some kind of young pullet (no comb), maybe an orp or an araucana cross for that colouring.

HopAlongOn Mon 21-Jul-14 18:02:42

Apparently someone near us used to keep chickens, but they haven't had asny for a while. They didn't answer their door and I'm wondering if she has been dumped? She definitely thinks she lives here now. I'm going to put a poster in the local shop. If no one claims her... Can I keep her? I mean, morally?

HopAlongOn Mon 21-Jul-14 18:03:50

She has got feathery feet.

Kitsmummy Mon 21-Jul-14 18:11:15

God I'm looking up eglus now!!!

Can any eglu owners tell me if they keep mice and rats out? I'd love chickens but am petrified of mice <wimp>

captainmummy Mon 21-Jul-14 18:35:33

Shed or kennel will do fine - line it inside with ply and they won't get red mite.

Didn't think of second-hand Eglu tho. I don't really like the idea of a lump of plastic in the garden but accept that it is probably waterproof, warm (hot?) and indestructible. The last not necessarily a good thing...

She is very pretty. OP did you get an egg?

JillJ72 Mon 21-Jul-14 18:42:13

She's crying out for a home with you... And a couple of sisters grin

Of course you can keep her if no one claims her. I think morally as long as you've tried a reasonable amount to find her previous owner then you're can feel ok.
She would need a couple of friends though. grin

MummytoMog Mon 21-Jul-14 19:14:06

we've never had rats or mice in them. Our neighbours in our last flat (god they were knobs) complained that we were attracting rats, but I rather think that was because Hackney council only emptied the giant communal waste bins every two weeks and people would dump their shit next to them when they got full.

We keep the food in a big metal dustbin so it can't be got at and so we can store it outside without it getting damp. We do get more garden birds than you might expect, after the mixed corn.

I am keen on being able to jet wash the eglu (not that I do all that much because I'm a terrible chicken keeper) and I think plywood is susceptible at the edges to mite too. All in all, for an easy life, I'd go plastic. It's not like it shows up my Little Tikes slide, castle, climbing frame, roundabout and swing set. Or the plastic roller coaster.

JillJ72 Mon 21-Jul-14 19:19:52

Having an Eglu and a wooden chickenspital / newbie home, I'd say plastic every time.

HopAlongOn Mon 21-Jul-14 20:13:33

Sad times, Pock Pock has an owner. My neighbour came round to say his wife had mentioned that she passes a house with chickens every day, three or four streets over. I went round and there were chickens roaming free in the front garden. Owner is indeed missing one, he's coming over later to get her.

I'm daft, I really wanted to keep her. But we couldn't get anymore, and it's best she goes back to her chicken friends, right? Plus husband was Not Keen on the idea of chickens.

JillJ72 Mon 21-Jul-14 20:39:51

Could you arrange to be chicken sitter when the peeps are away, so you go over there to feed and water them and let them run around and do the beloved chickeny things that chickens like to do?

jaynebxl Mon 21-Jul-14 21:20:00

Sadly definitely best she goes back to her flock. Chicken sitting is a great idea though. We have several people who chicken sit for us and get the eggs in return. They love the fresh eggs and chance to enjoy our hens when they can't manage their own.

She wouldn't really be happy on her own, so definitely best that she goes back to her friends.

Boo hiss to DH not wanting chooks. Definitely volunteer to chicken-sit, though - you can go round and watch them. Watching chickens pottering around is very soothing, and I defy anyone to remain uncheered by chickens runninggrin.

Egghead68 Mon 21-Jul-14 22:10:24

Glad she's been claimed and thanks for looking after her.

EssexMummy123 Mon 21-Jul-14 22:19:30

I would be well chuffed if someone had kept one of mine safe for a couple of days and feed/watered it (although i've never had any go MIA) Why not get some of your own? there isn't a downside to owning chickens other than you have to top up their food/water every couple of days and clean them regularly. Why isn't your OH keen?

EssexMummy123 Mon 21-Jul-14 22:20:07

* although i've never had any go MIA - so far

WallyBantersJunkBox Mon 21-Jul-14 22:23:29

Well you should get some eggs out of it anyway.

Did she get time to send her postcards..?

HopAlongOn Mon 21-Jul-14 22:44:38

I don't think chicken sitting would be an option, they don't seem like they would feel the chickens needed looking after iyswim?

He hasn't shown up. So Pock Pock is back in the shed for the night.

HopAlongOn Mon 21-Jul-14 22:49:08

Also, she has found a favourite perch. Cat is unimpressed.

LotsaTuddles Tue 22-Jul-14 07:02:03

See, told you she'd eventually think she was a cat, she'll be coming and going via cat flap soon enough.

If the owners let them roam free in their front garden, she may well be back (I have no idea if chickens remember where they've been or not)

captainmummy Tue 22-Jul-14 08:13:34

Not sure about leaving the chickens roaming in the front garden! What about cars? Dogs? The owner doesn't seem very responsible.

Adorable picture of PookPook on the cat flap grin

HopAlongOn Tue 22-Jul-14 09:55:41

Let her out of the shed this morning, gave her some more muesli. I want to keep her so much. If irresponsible owner doesn't come get her I'm going to work on convincing husband that we need to look after her and get her a little friend.

captainmummy Tue 22-Jul-14 13:25:11

They don't take much looking after. DC love them. They give you eggs. She will give endless entertainment. If she goes back, she may get run over (3-4 roads over? heck) or taken by a fox/dog/lightfingered passer-by. She will eat slugs/snails/insects in the garden.


curiousgeorgie Tue 22-Jul-14 13:40:02

I hope the person just not showing up isn't indicative of how good an owner he is ..

Keep her, call her Harriet.

She's gorgeous.

hiddenhome Tue 22-Jul-14 14:20:49

If you want to keep her, just tell the owner that your husband made her into chicken soup smile

AlfieandAnnieRose Tue 22-Jul-14 14:25:57

She looks a very sweet hen, I love her colouring! We had 3 hens but 2 of them have died (natural causes) so our hen is on her own at the moment. But she seems to be happy enough running around the garden, eating the plants!

Anyone know how long chickens live for? Op I think you should keep her, they're not hard work at all. Have you tried stroking her, my hen likes to be stroked! grin

AlfieandAnnieRose Tue 22-Jul-14 14:28:42

Oh and we feed ours layered pellets from the pet shop which helps her lay eggs (afaik)

HopefulHamster Tue 22-Jul-14 14:48:45

She's lovely. Definitely consider getting a couple if this little one gets picked up.

I wonder if she'll come back to you anyway?

Coumarin Tue 22-Jul-14 15:56:34

I want chucks! <stamps foot> I have the names ready and have chosen my eglu and everything.

<stoutly ignores terrier in the corner>

If you do manage to talk your husband round to the idea you could consider rehoming some ex-battery hens. It must be so rewarding to get poor little hens that have been locked in a cage all their life and have no feathers and bad feet etc and to see them explore the outside for the first time and to get healthy and happy.

Details here:

NatashaBee Tue 22-Jul-14 19:08:13

Pock Pock is a great name! grin

JillJ72 Tue 22-Jul-14 19:15:21

My oldest hen was 3.5 when she died. Some live longer, others shorter. They are brilliant fun, and scratch my broody bone.

AliceDoesntLiveHereAnymore Tue 22-Jul-14 19:26:19

My friend has chickens, they provide her with eggs and vast amounts of entertainment. smile Just get another one so it won't be lonely. grin

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 22-Jul-14 19:38:08

Dh went to a farm shop last week that was selling young hens for £8 each and never bought me one 4.

I was quite cross about it.

Teawithatwix Tue 22-Jul-14 20:10:25

Where abouts are you? Is she doesn't have a proper home she can come and live with mine smile agree give her water keep her well away from foxey loxey!

Teawithatwix Tue 22-Jul-14 20:25:09

Where about are you? It could come and live with my brood if it doesn't have a home you can find?

Coumarin Tue 22-Jul-14 20:47:04

Chicken owners, I have a stupid question for you.

Does owning a dog, specifically a terrier, mean chicken owning is a no go?

Tiredoftiredness Tue 22-Jul-14 21:28:50

Depends how good your dog is coumarin! Dm has chickens and 2 terriers, 1 is fine to be left alone with chooks, other requires close supervision!

Coumarin Tue 22-Jul-14 22:04:03

Hmm. I don't think I could go as far as leaving him alone with them. It's have to be close supervision. I don't think he'd attack them as he's a fairly gentle soul but he is a terrier after all and bred to chase.

Have to give it more thought.

kelper Tue 22-Jul-14 22:13:39

My mums chickens steal mice from the cats, the cats are terrified of them!!
I'd love chickens, especially tame ones smile
I may sneak some back from my parents this summer…..

jaynebxl Wed 23-Jul-14 06:39:54

Coumarin it depends on if you would plan to free range the hens. If so you could just keep the dog in at times when the hens were out and you'd be fine.

TheSpottedZebra Wed 23-Jul-14 09:26:34

How is Pock Pock today, OP?

Flufflewuffle Wed 23-Jul-14 09:47:45

Has the original owner fetched her?

Aah, chicken sounds lovely. Would love to rescue some eventually.

WienerDiva Wed 23-Jul-14 10:12:40

This has fascinated me and been an education!

I'm now going to work on DH for a couple of chickens, I've been mentioning it for a little while, and seeing as he's in the dog house at the mo, I might get my own way a bit easier.

Anyway, has the owner stepped forward yet, or are they taking the piss?

Coumarin Wed 23-Jul-14 11:06:58

Jayne I thought a large enclosed run for when my dog was out, with my supervision, and letting them out when my dog was inside.

I'll muse it over for a long time before deciding.

Wasn't me guv coumarin grin

But on that note I do exactly that. My dogs can't go in our garden unsupervised anyway.

MyFairyKing Wed 23-Jul-14 11:35:22

Aww what a sweet thread.

NatashaBee Wed 23-Jul-14 12:58:38

For anyone who wants to adopt a chicken (or several)... this facebook page often posts details of ex-battery hens available for re-homing.

BigfootFiles Wed 23-Jul-14 13:02:42

I thought about adopting a battery hen once, but I was told only experienced hen-handlers should adopt them as their behaviour is often so far removed from "normal" chicken behaviour and you need to know how to recognise it to help them.

NatashaBee Wed 23-Jul-14 14:08:42

Really Bigfoot? I know a few people who have ex-batteries (no previous experience of chickens) which have done great. Although I imagine after being crammed into a tiny shed it must be a bit daunting for them to be put out in a garden.

BigfootFiles Wed 23-Jul-14 14:18:46

It was a local hen rescue lady who told me that, although looking on the British Hen Welfare Trust website that doesn't seem to back her up. Interesting.

Nomama Wed 23-Jul-14 14:24:40

Take the BHWT advice. Oven Readies (as they are affectionately known) may cause you grief by up and dying on you days after you have given them their freedom, but they are beautiful and rewarding ladies to have around.

(I am not missing my big garden and my chickens in any way shape or form... I will believe that, I will )

jaynebxl Wed 23-Jul-14 18:10:10

Two of my friends have had ex bats and they've been bonkers, all a bit messed up emotionally and have pecked each other badly and stuff. Our non batts have never done anything like that.

Coumarin that arrangement sounds great.

The brilliant news is you can't get true ex bats anymore
Having said that a lot of ex barn birds or ex free range can be pretty sorry creatures too. If you want to adopt some it's still worth enquiring even if they're you're first birds. The people will be so happy to find good homes they'll hunt out some that are in better shape for you.

jaynebxl Wed 23-Jul-14 22:19:53

Well I did wonder about that Jayne cos it's at least 2 years since battery farming was banned amd loads of batts were rehomed.

Egghead68 Wed 23-Jul-14 22:38:03

Our ex-barns had a few behavioural problems the first month but soon settled down. They are very sweet now and well-integrated with the flock. I think they'd be OK for beginners as long as you use the bhwt helpline for support.

Let us know any pock pock updates!

I desperately want a pet chicken now!

jaynebxl Wed 23-Jul-14 23:24:08

If you learn anything from this thread Porkpie I hope it's that you need at least 3 chickens!

Astonway Fri 25-Jul-14 17:07:14

She's pretty! I love my hens - they are totally free-range on our farm and put themselves to bed roosting in the barn high up away from foxes. They are such characters and eat all our food scraps which I make into a mash in the food processor - except chicken which the dogs have. They are fullsized not bantams and too big for cats really. Their main enemy is Mr Fox. One even gets used to the cockerels crowing. Enjoy!

libra101 Fri 25-Jul-14 17:20:28

We have two hens (called Clara Cluck and Victoria Peckham), and a bantam. We would offer to take the chicken off your hands but they would fight or peck angrily! And chickens are known to use such foul language!

If your adopted chicken likes jokes, you could ask him if he knows why the chicken dating agency went bankrupt. Because they couldn't make hens meet.

It might make him chuckle... then again, maybe not!

Good luck!

hellymelly Fri 25-Jul-14 17:24:30

She looks like a young Pekin Bantam to me. Her comb is too pink for her to be laying yet, I imagine she is only a few months old. They are a very friendly and cuddly breed. Or she may be a crossbreed i suppose. I hope you get to keep her, the owner seems rather slack. Here is my cockerel , Charles.

hellymelly Fri 25-Jul-14 17:26:41

And one of my ladies.. my favourite, she is 6 now. I love bantams.

hungrymaneater Fri 25-Jul-14 17:50:58

I am now eagerly awaiting the conclusion of the chicken saga. Does Pock Pock go back to her original flock, or does she stay with HopALongOn at the chicken hotel her place and start a new flock of her own?

cdwales Fri 25-Jul-14 18:59:19

From the piccies she is a cross between a Slikie (feathery legs) and possibly Light Sussex (or something more exotic). Is she in lay (laying eggs?) or moulting (changing her feathers and hence looking rather tatty). she may be young and yet to start laying - if so her first eggs may be rather small and may not have a yolk - they soon settle down! When she is in lay she may try to brood so keep an eye out for the nest. Don't take all the eggs or she will find a safer place! If she is not a broody she could be quite careless about where she lays...They are happier with other birds as they feel safer. They are real characters and I am very fond of mine. Here is our Buff Orpington cockerel Mr Rochester! He is a real gentleman with his hens...

Ericaequites Fri 25-Jul-14 21:15:11

If it lays an egg in your yard, you're entitled to keep the egg under English common and Mosaic law.

Egghead68 Fri 25-Jul-14 23:38:55

I think she could well be a young pekin too. If you are going to keep her please buy her some proper chicken food from a pet shop or garden centre (by the look of her I think she needs growers' mash/pellets). They will enjoy eating muesli but it's not a balanced food for them.

Egghead68 Fri 25-Jul-14 23:39:20

P.s. She will also need chicken grit, greens and water.

foofooyeah Fri 25-Jul-14 23:59:46

Please, update on pock pock !
I have loved this thread

Zazzles007 Sat 26-Jul-14 00:41:42

OP just caught up with your thread, and am gutted there is an owner! sad I have heard of cats and dogs choosing and 'adopting' an owner, but had never heard of a chicken doing it. If you return it to the owner, and the chicken comes back to you, then I reckon said owner should set it 'free' as Pockpock really seems to want to adopt you grin.

HopAlongOn Sat 26-Jul-14 20:19:04

Hello. Apologies for not updating.

Pick Pock has gone. The owner never came to get her, but she escaped into my neighbor's garden and then took her to a friend who has a little farm. So she is now safe from cars and has some chicken friends. I'm a bit sad but we couldn't keep her, not really. Chickens need too much looking after for us at the minute. I'd love to have some in the future though, she was lovely. I'll work on DH I think, and perhaps in a coult of years.

Thanks for all the chicken advice, and I love all the pictures!

Egghead68 Sat 26-Jul-14 20:42:08

I am glad she has gone to a good home. Thanks for updating and for looking after her.

foofooyeah Sat 26-Jul-14 20:50:46

Thanks for the update, glad she is in a nice new home with friends


WallyBantersJunkBox Sun 27-Jul-14 12:02:27

Bye Pock Pock !

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