So I was out tonight and my fiance calls me to say there is a chicken in our front door way! We have no chickens and our nearest neighbors have none either, and they're pretty far off anyway. I have no idea where this poor little girl came from. She's either very nervous or used to being handled as she allowed me to pick her up and carry her into my barn.
First I put her in a little pony sized stall that had chicken wire, what the previous tenants used for their bunnies. She quickly popped up and perched on the side of that :P So I cleaned out a horse stall that the previous tenants obviously used for chickens (as it was still full of poop when we moved in). Once clean, I put her in and put a bowl of water and a little bowl of crushed corn and crimped oats (left over from my horses).
She promptly fluttered up to the top of that too. I think I'll just have to deal with her loose in my barn! Luckily the horse stalls have top doors that I shut so she can't get in with one of the horses and get hurt.
SO that being said... How do I raise a chicken?! I'll be heading to the local grain store tomorrow to hang up flyers. But I'm curious to know everything about her!
What type of chicken is she?
What type of food should she have?
What else do I need to know?
Do chickens have vets and should I call one? She seems fine but hasn't eaten or drunken anything, but I'm sure she's understandably nervous.