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Had a chicken delivered to our barn...on accident.

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  • Had a chicken delivered to our barn...on accident.

    Today we received a hay delivery and also a chicken. It somehow made the 3 hour journey to our barn. The delivery man could not catch the hen and left it at our barn. What should we do with her? Do we need to buy her feed? We have never had chickens at this boarding barn. She lays eggs as we found one in the hay. He said she was a jersey giant.

  • #2
    getting chicken feed is probably prudent, but I'd guess a hand full of oats and stuff would work. Plus they eat bugs.


    • #3
      And if you act now we'll throw in a free chicken with delivery!
      So what are you going to name the chicken?

      Patience and Consistency are Your Friends


      • Original Poster

        Seriously! I think they are calling her Red...because of her comb. She's beautiful!!!


        • #5
          Kin to the bluebird of happiness? Get her some friends and call it good! She probably wanted a new home...


          • #6
            Full grown? If so, I wouldn't buy feed. I've had ducks, geese, guineas and a few chickens. Once they were grown, the only time I'd feed them was in the winter, and then they'd just get horse feed or cracked corn. Otherwise they do a fine job of eating bugs and cleaning up horse dribbles.


            • #7
              Perfect timing. I just started a thread on ticks, and a few suggested buying chickens. Thought, "right"... And am now seriously considering it!

              I'll bet yours just wanted to see The States.
              But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson


              • #8
                Oh Jersey Giants are really awesome. Very calm for chickens usually. If you can find a friend for her (a female), ime, they prefer to have company (pick a larger chicken if you can.. Little leghorn types are too spirited for the giants). They are really an awesome breed. Is yours black, blue or white?
                I have CDO. It's like OCD, but all the letters are in alphabetical order, as they should be!


                • #9
                  I'll give you about a week before you wonder how you ever got along without a chicken. They're so easy, incredibly entertaining, and they give you eggs as a bonus.
                  They're not miniatures, they're concentrates.

                  Born tongue-in-cheek and foot-in-mouth


                  • #10
                    and as Jersey Giants are on the RBL, many may not have seen one... so here is the ALBC info on them (they are in the Watch category) http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/jerseygiant.html

                    and photos!! http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGD/BJG/BRKBJGs.html
                    I have CDO. It's like OCD, but all the letters are in alphabetical order, as they should be!


                    • #11
                      Also keep in mind that she will need a safe place to roost. Keep her out of reach of foxes, coyotes and raccoons. A raccoon will dismember sleeping hens that are within their reach....even if the hen is in a cage. If a raccoon can reach in and grab any part of the hen she is a gonner.

                      Mine all get locked up at night time in a coop or a dog kennel in my tackroom.
                      Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
                      Bernard M. Baruch


                      • Original Poster

                        Well she wasn't catchable so I hope she roosted up high...we have a person who has chickens who is going to try to get her this afternoon so she won't be alone.

                        I'm so sad! I desperately want a couple chickens, but I'm in college 3 hours away from my barn and parents house...and I've already left them a horse, 3 dogs, a cat, and 46 gallons of fish. Sheesh...I at least brought my other horse to school and one of the dogs is living with me in the fall!


                        • #13
                          Our small flock of chickens has done wonders with the tick problem on our farm. I don't feed them much in the summer. They usually are too busy in the field picking up bugs to come up for feed.
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                          • #14
                            I vote your folks adopt Red too!
                            Chickens are worth their weight+ in amusement value
                            And then they make your breakfast

                            Not only ticks, but my lawn is amazingly free of grubs since I got my hens

                            She'll do okay on oats or horse feed if your parents revolt at having to buy feed for yet another species
                            But 50# of layer pellets that costs around $15, lasts my flock - 6 hens 1 rooster - over a month.

                            And she may very well be okay on her own as your only chicken.
                            A friend lost one of her 2 hens and the survivor is doing just fine, TYVM, hanging with her horses.
                            *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                            Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                            Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                            Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                            • #15
                              As long as it is not a rooster...........(see old thread of mine)

                              I say, KEEP IT!
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                              • Original Poster

                                She laid an egg on the 3 hour trip I wish I could keep her!


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by reay6790 View Post
                                  Well she wasn't catchable so I hope she roosted up high...we have a person who has chickens who is going to try to get her this afternoon so she won't be alone.

                                  I'm no chicken expert, but I believe that often chickens won't accept new chickens into their flock and will often attack them. My uncle had some and they attempted to introduce a chicken that was a few months old, and the rest killed it. Maybe this only happens with certain breeds or only with males?

                                  Someone correct me if I am wrong!


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Well she is good with chickens. I have faith that if something goes wrong she will step in...after all she does have to catch her first which I don't know how easy that will be.
                                    Last edited by reay6790; Apr. 23, 2012, 09:38 PM.


                                    • #19
                                      I think this hen will be fine because of her size, because I think the flock usually goes after weak or sick chickens. The rest of the flock might have to worry about her putting them in their place, more than them going after her. If there's a head chicken she might be a great candidate (if you ever catch her).
                                      You can't fix stupid-Ron White


                                      • #20
                                        [QUOTE=reay6790;6271538]Well she wasn't catchable so I hope she roosted up high...we have a person who has chickens who is going to try to get her this afternoon so she won't be alone.


                                        Hope the "chicken person" will be able to catch her, because if she is, in fact, a "Jersey Giant", they are a heavy breed that do NOT fly other than a low fluttering due to their weight. So she's NOT going to be "roosting up high", & is nothing but bait for any predator interested in a chicken dinner. She definitely needs serious night protection.