I was shooting like 10 miles out in the desert a couple weeks ago and these chickens walked up to me, I put them in my truck and took them home

I was shooting like 10 miles out in the desert a couple weeks ago and these chickens walked up to me, I put them in my truck and took them home
I've been feeding them layer feed for the last couple weeks and they have gained a lot of weight back, but they aren't laying any eggs
could they still be recovering from being malnourished for a long time or are they possibly too young or too old to lay?
any chicken experts here?
maybe they were abandoned because they have stopped laying and therefor became useless

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  1. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    #freethathomiechickens

  2. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    bring back my chickens

  3. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    OP, seriously find a local auction.
    It's the perfect time of year.
    My local auction was so overloaded that there was like 1,200 chickens and it ran for about 10 hours (usually only a third of that many birds and time).
    After the sun went down and people headed home there were 6 month old hens that just started laying being sold for 25 cents.
    Easy way to pickup some properly aged hens for your boys.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      I eneded up eating them, I told my mexican neighbors about them and said they weren't laying eggs and they offered to cook them for me so I did.
      I don't know much about mexican food so I can't tell you what the dish was called but it tasted pretty good.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        Global rule #3

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          >eating chickens is trolling
          Vegans, go. The entire point of chickens is eating them.

          Every time you hatch a batch of eggs you eat the roosters once they're grown.

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          they're food

  4. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    This thread is amazing. Those chooks heard human noises and found a highly based anon.
    They may never lay, but chickens are amazing pets. Very easy, makes cozy noises, fun to watch, soft feathers for petting. If you spend a lot of time with them (just letting them hang out during outdoor activities), they'll get comfortable enough to just sit in your lap and nap. It's a good feeling.

  5. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    They're very cute!

  6. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    i've never seen a wild chicken who was friendly to humans, much less any that would let you pick them up and put them in your truck.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah he stole lost chickens from an indian reservation

  7. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Chickens in the wild don't lay eggs every day.
    The part of the world chickens come from has periodic food dumps every few years when the bamboo forests drop their seeds.
    So chickens are hardwired to overproduced eggs when food is in abundance, the rest of the time they lay just regular amounts.
    Might take some time for them to "switch over".

  8. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    very cute
    thank you for taking the chickens home desert man

  9. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    How close were you to an indian reservation

    They don't fence anything in. Dogs, chickens, nope, nothing

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      about 30 miles from the nearest one

      very cute
      thank you for taking the chickens home desert man

      the poop is kinda annoying but they are very quiet and chill
      am I supposed to have to put them into their "coop" every night or do they kinda learn to do this on their own?
      right now it's just a big cardboard box I had with a bunch of long dry grass piled up in it

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        Anyone know if the Poop problem with Chicks is bad too?

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        You need to put them where you want them to roost at night. They'll learn to go there on their own after a few days.

        Anyone know if the Poop problem with Chicks is bad too?

        Chick poop is horrible.

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          Fricking hell, maybe I won't get them. Don't have an outdoor coop, and I'd feel bad keeping them confined inside 24/7 🙁

          I wish they could tell me when they need to go.

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Don't have an outdoor coop
            Nothing 20 bucks of plywood cant fix.

            • 9 months ago
              Anonymous

              I suppose.

              • 9 months ago
                Anonymous

                you can pick up a truck bed topper off craigslist and stuff two milk crates full of dry grass clippings, turn them on their side and put them under it. prob the easiest ghetto coop I've seen. Could also try building a chicken tractor so you don't have to worry about what coop litter to use. Also OP they look like they need grower feed rn, not layer feed. One is developing pointed neck feathers so that one might be male, idk how reliable feather sexing is in whatever hybrid these cuties are though, some EE hens develop them so it's not that concrete a method. If one IS male you're gonna want to get him at least one more lady friend, or he'll crow like mad and drive you crazy. I've always found that roos want at least 2 gfs. If it's a male and you don't like crowing you can try those velcro crow collars but I think they're a bit sadistic. Good luck, they're cute egger mixes, real lucky to find them for free lol. Most eggers you buy have pathetic face fluff, but theirs is impressive. They look about 3ish months old, will start laying in the next 3 months and after they get enough nutrition. Make sure to get oyster shell and at least get flock fixer or nutridrench, chickens get sick and can hide it well. ps chick poop isn't THAT bad, it's just annoying to clean brooder boxes.

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            You will wan to make them a small outdoor coop and set up some kind of temporary movable fencing.
            A coop for only 2 chicken doesn't need to be to big, assuming you don't plan on getting more chooks to keep them company

            • 9 months ago
              Anonymous

              Thanks for the advice. Do you heat yours? It must get expensive.

              • 9 months ago
                Anonymous

                I've seen some pretty ghetto chicken coops.
                People repurpose shit like plastic kids play sets or just wrapping chicken wire around an old trampolein

              • 9 months ago
                Anonymous

                Trashy frickers, I wouldn't make something like that.

              • 9 months ago
                Anonymous

                Stop by home depot/lowes and price plywood, 2x4's and chicken wire.
                Yoy might change your mind.

              • 9 months ago
                Anonymous

                Adult chickens will do fine in the cold as long as their coop is well insulated and doesn't have too much of an air draft.
                Assuming the average nightly temp isn't 0-20F where you love you should be ok.
                Certain breeds handle the cold better, cicks and juveniles can't handle the cold.
                It's actually easier to keep them warm if you have a larger flock as even with needing a larger coop their collective body heat will keep the interior temp pretty high, again assuming your coop is well made and isn't just bleeding heat or letting in cold air flow

              • 9 months ago
                Anonymous

                Good advice. Do you think they get depressed being stuck in a box all the time?

              • 9 months ago
                Anonymous

                Yes they need access to the outside.
                The ideal setup is an adequate sized coop for your flock size with a caged in run attached to coop, and then a fenced in area outside of that where they can wander.
                The last isnt needed if your coop is either in an already fenced off area like a paddock or an enclosed back yard, or if you just have a lot of land and don't care if they wander off.
                They really need at least some amount of space to roam to be healthy both physically and mentally

              • 9 months ago
                Anonymous

                kek my chickens are in like a 10x20 totally enclosed run all the time and are afraid of leaving it

                i dont know why i would care when i eat them

              • 8 months ago
                Anonymous

                I live in Maine where it gets -30 below and the power goes out for days
                Chickens do fine

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            >NYAHAHAHA! WE'VE GOT HIM NOW! HE'LL NEVER BE A OUTDOOR CHICKEN RESCUE FARMER!

            That's what a israelite just told me.

            Are you going to put up with that?

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Don't have an outdoor coop
            YouTube "homesteaders" and city people who have too much time on their hands have overcomplicated chicken coops to a tremendous degree. A basic coop has walls, a roof, a door, a roost, and adequate ventilation. If you want to get fancy, you can build a nesting box. If you don't, that's cool, they'll just pick a spot and start laying eggs there.

            That's basically it. You can build a coop that fits this criteria with a couple sheets of OSB, some scrap 2x4s, and a stick for a roost. If you have critters that like to eat chickens then maybe cover the vents in 1/2" hardware cloth. That's literally all there is to it. You can get as fancy as you want but the chickens dgaf unless it gets really cold, then maybe add some rigid foam insulation.

            I hope you keep your chickens, op. They look like they deserve a good home.

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        the poop is basically gold anon, it's an excellent fertilizer and you can make gunpowder out of it too

  10. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    They look like some kind of Americaunas hens probably still young. You can usually tell if they're roosters this age I'd guess not. Their eggs could be green they probably won't start laying until their bodyfat% gets back up to normal

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Ameraucanas don't come in that color pattern so they're hybrids- which can make sexing a nightmare.
      But they're definitely young birds so at some point in the next couple.months they'll crow or lay an egg.
      I've had good luck keeping brothers together that hatched together- just don't separate them for any period of time and they should get along.

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        It's subtle with them but I've usually been able to tell by looking at their faces and neck feathers the males tend to get the longer neck feathers that make the "umbrella" of floof.

  11. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Let's keep this thread alive until one of them lays eggs

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Or until they show clear signs of being male.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Any eggs yet?

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        none yet but they're getting way more active and stuff, they run around now and their feathers are getting more color in them
        they're also returning to their little coop thing when it's bed time too without me forcing them in, so they're learning
        if they're gonna lay it'll probably be soon

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          >if they're gonna lay it'll probably be soon
          If it happens ever you'll be a billionaire.
          They're roosters bro.
          But they know you saved them and are grateful and will be friendly.
          You should get them some girls.
          Check Craigslist or see where the closest auction is. It's a good time of year for buying at auction because people are done with spring restocking of flocks but people are always selling. If you're not picky over breed you can wait until the end of the auction when people already spend their money or left and get the last birds for pennies.

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            >But they know you saved them and are grateful and will be friendly.
            >You should get them some girls.
            They'll be even more greatful then!

  12. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Do you have more pics? Leaning towards young males, like easter eggers

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      You can see what may be waterfall saddle feathers forming on the guy on the right.

      They also look like wienererals/pullets, so it will still be some time before they stsrt laying.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      they never really go apart by more than a foot or 2

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous
      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        they also sleep laying on top of eachother every night it's kinda funny

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          Cute

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        lol, chicken road trip!!

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          Haha! I love it

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