More feral chickens

I found a nice lady on a nice farm to take my feral rooster. With the coop empty, I set the trap up again.

The very next day, I had a second rooster trapped. He spent one night with us, then went to the farm to join his brother.

And this morning, Byrd trapped a feral hen in the coop. This is not the momma hen of the roosters; this is the roosters’ sister. She is a smooth tan color, very pretty.

We are going to try and integrate the hen into our flock. We made this decision in part because the momma hen and the third rooster were still in our yard this morning, and we needed the trap cleared quickly so we could try to catch them, too. 🙂 So we dumped the feral hen into our chicken coop.

So far, she’s scared, and the other hens are doing a bit of pecking as they reinforce the idea that she’s the lowest chicken on the totem pole. But they haven’t really fought or anything. I think it will work out.

Unfortunately, the process of catching and moving the feral hen into our coop was noisy and chaotic, so the remaining rooster and hen ran off and haven’t come back yet. No worries, it’s only a matter of time. So far we’ve caught a chicken every single day that the trap is open.

Now I have to come up with yet another chicken sound to name this chicken. So far we have used: Peepers, Squawkers (deceased), Cluckers (deceased), Cackle, and Bawk Bawk. (The oddballs are Miss Red and Crooksie.)

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4 Comments

  1. November 14, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Hmm … do they gobble? Or make little rattle noises like crows?

  2. 12dogsblog said,

    December 23, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    You could always call her, Lucky.

    Just found your blog. How’s things with the mama hen? I’m thinking that she’s one tough bird. Where’d she end up in the pecking order?

  3. daisydog said,

    January 6, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Sqeeek!

  4. beingmaisie said,

    March 4, 2010 at 2:03 am

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