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Old 03-11-2015, 10:20 PM
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We live in front of Perdue owned Chicken houses. They put the new babies in there over the weekend or beginning of the week, DH said. Well apparently one escaped bc CJ just walked in holding one that he found in our front yard. I'm pretty impressed it managed to escape and make it's way all the way to our front yard without a cat getting it. So he's named it and I don't want it to die What do I need to do with it? It's in a box in our house right now. I know I need chicken feed and a waterer. We had chickens for 4H when I lived at home but that was years ago and I don't remember anything about caring for them.

Help me LOL Should I just find someone else who already has chickens and give it to them?
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:28 PM
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Why not walk it back to where it came from? It is Purdues.
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:42 PM
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So since they raise birds for meat, it is almost certainly bird bred for that. They are bred specifically for rapid growth, large breast size, and tend to have leg and heart problems once they get full sized. It is unlikely to be a happy or healthy pet chicken once it is grown.

Could you post a picture? I'd be better able to tell you what you need for it if I could get an estimate of it's age.

If you return it to Purdue, they will kill it. It's been outside, so, for bio-security reasons, they cannot put it back in with the other birds. It could bring a wild bird disease back with it and infect hundreds of thousands of the other chicks.
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:43 PM
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If it's a meat chicken, it is not going to make a good pet. They are bred to put on a large amount of weight in a short time and it does a number on their bodies. They can break legs and many of them just stop moving.
I'd maybe call them, but i can't imagine they're going to put it back in the coop between biosecurity issues and lack of concern for the animals
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:21 PM
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There's no way to return it unless I break into the chicken houses. I've lived around these houses my entire life and I can tell you if I call them they either will 1) not come get it or 2) get it and kill it. They don't care about those chickens. They barely care for the houses.


What do I need to do with it? I'm not going to TSC to spend a ton of money if it's not going to make it. Give me a minute to upload the pic I took
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If I put it back outside it's going to get eaten or ran over. I am being cautious about letting the kids touch it right now too. IDK it's so sad
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:39 PM
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If you're not willing to spend a bunch of money, do any of your friends raise chickens for meat?
Yes, they will likely kill it. No way around that.
It looks like a meat cross to me and will not make a pet chicken.
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:47 PM
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We'll figure something out when DH gets home. More than likely we'll find someone that will take it. I want chickens eventually but I want a nice coop and several hens for eggs. lol Not one lone pet chicken.

I just panicked when he walked in from playing outside holding a chick and freaked out a little bit like How the heck do I care for this thing?!
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For now, just keep it warm. If you have a heating pad or something that you can put in part of the box it is in, that's probably your best bet (since I don't suppose you have a heat lamp). Give it a space to get warm, and room to get away from the heat, and watch to make sure it's not overheating - watch for crowding into the corner farthest from the warmth. And give it water in a shallow bowl.

Chicks don't do well as singles. I would try to find someone who can take it. Plenty of people are getting chicks at this time of year, so if you ask around you can probably find someone.
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Old 03-12-2015, 12:11 AM
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I know nothing about chickens, but I wouldn't have been able to leave it outside either. Poor little thing.
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that's a good idea. If you know someone who keeps meat chickens they might take it.
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Without investing a lot... Heat lamp, used pack n play, deer netting for the top, pine chips, water, food.

I couldn't have left it out either.

Eventually you will have to figure out a shelter outside, but you have a few weeks.
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Aww. Poor little thing.
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It worked out where we were able to find it a home thanks to the quick thinking of some friends who knew a family that just bought chicks home.
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Awesome!
They do know that it's not going to have any kind of quality of life, right?
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It worked out where we were able to find it a home thanks to the quick thinking of some friends who knew a family that just bought chicks home.
I hope these kind people realize that this bird isn't going to be like layers. They were bred to be products, and the instructions these products come with don't include a long, happy life.
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