Yup that’s me, and apparently the birds know it too. Monday morning I went out to our yard to let my chickens out of their fortified run when I found this….
Yup, that’s a chicken, and she’s not mine. Notice the green ball? Yeah, my dog Leila shares her ball when she accepts a new member into the pack. She immediately gave the chicken her favorite toy as a “Hi will you be my friend,” gesture. I have really sweet animals.
Anyway, after a long and crazy day, I learned that she had been hanging out in my neighbor’s yard and they assumed she belonged to me. So, they put her in my back yard. I have a sneaking suspicion that she has been in my yard before. I have been finding chicken poop in places my girls do not have access too. I have also noticed the treats that I give my girls have been pushed thru the chicken wire to the other side. So, I suspect they have been feeding her thru the wire. Also, they all acted as though they knew each other. Anyway, she looked as though she had been on the lam for a while.
I emailed Out to Pasture, the same rescue that took in Muppet, and they happily took her for me. I wished I could have kept her, but I don’t have a place for quarantining a new chicken and I’m already at the limit for chickens in the city. Plus, she is not tame. It took hubby and me almost an hour to catch her and get her into a safe place. Once I got her to Out to Pasture, she calmed down and let me pet her for almost an hour.
Here she is at Kit’s office. Kit is the woman who owns Out to Pasture. They named her Lucia and she’s fitting right in with the other hens at the sanctuary.
So, that’s my crazy bird story of the week.