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I got a chicken. And EGGS! Updated photos pg 4
« on: March 16, 2018, 12:58:07 AM »
Near where I live and work, there is a chicken processing plant.  I commute down a busy four-lane highway, and every morning you see the trucks loaded with chickens heading to the plant.  It is not uncommon to occasionally see dead chickens along the highway.  How they get/fall out of the cages I do not know.

20 plus years ago, when I was in highschool, I found one these chickens alive and kept her as a pet.  Her name was Claire.

Last year, I found another alive, but she was badly injured.  I work at a vet and we humanely euthanized her.

This morning, I found another.  She is injured, but improved throughout the day.  She still has raspy lung sounds, possibly contusions from the high fall off the truck.  But she can get up and walk, which she would not do this morning. 

Here's to hoping she makes it through the night.
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Re: I got a chicken.
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2018, 01:00:54 AM »
Oh wow. I hope she will come through ok. I’m glad you found her.
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2018, 01:14:41 AM »
It's so good of you to take care of her. All of the chickens I've ever met were so affectionate.
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2018, 01:18:59 AM »
It's neat to hear that you take care of them. I've heard chickens are great to have, hopefully she pulls through.
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2018, 01:36:32 AM »
How nice of you to take her in. I’m hoping that she pulls on by.
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2018, 01:57:10 AM »
I would cry if I lived by a chicken plant like that. I love my four chickadees. I hope she makes it through, they’re such lovely creatures.

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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2018, 02:49:20 AM »
Oh my gosh! It's awesome of you to do that. I really hope she makes it! :hug:
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2018, 04:10:25 AM »
Crosses fingers that this chicken will make a good recovery.
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2018, 05:49:03 AM »
So sweet of you to do that.  :) A bit of advice, Apple cider vinegar in water works well to reduce stress.

I don't pretend to be a chicken expert, but what sort of chicken is it?
 There are some breeds of chickens, which are SUPER gross, that they have to be processed at a certain time or they literally explode.  It's really terrible, something in their genes.  Probably not the sort of chicken you saved, but for some reason I felt the need to bring it up.


Chickens overall are super cool. I have six right now and love them lots!! ^.^

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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2018, 07:01:59 AM »
:heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: chickens!!! Best pet that poops breakfast ever!

In all seriousness, go you, and I hope she makes a good recovery. I adopt ex-battery hens. I have four presently and they are a joy. A little bit of TLC and they can come so far.  I have no experience of broilers, but hopefully working at a vet will garner some helpful advice in the least. Chooks bred for fast processing (as you're probably aware with your background) will be more prone to health issues than heritage breeds but you're giving her the best chance just by not ignoring her  :deathhug:

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Re: I got a chicken.
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2018, 10:33:02 AM »
Wild Rasberry and Marlin, sadly I don't know the breed, I have just always heard the term broiler chicken, so I'm not sure.  She's just a white eating chicken, LOL!  I hope she dosen't explode.  My doctor did mention that, while trying to get her to walk again, that she was too top heavy because she's been so bred and pumped full food and things to get her to market.  He says hopefully with exercise and some weight loss she can move around better.
Well, it's 6:30am here, shortly I'll be heading down to the barn to see if she made it through the night.
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« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2018, 11:40:46 AM »
Wild Rasberry and Marlin, sadly I don't know the breed, I have just always heard the term broiler chicken, so I'm not sure.  She's just a white eating chicken, LOL!  I hope she dosen't explode.  My doctor did mention that, while trying to get her to walk again, that she was too top heavy because she's been so bred and pumped full food and things to get her to market.  He says hopefully with exercise and some weight loss she can move around better.
Well, it's 6:30am here, shortly I'll be heading down to the barn to see if she made it through the night.



She’s probably a Leghorn. They are used in those farms as egg layers, but then they’re eaten when they stop laying as much/past their prime.

Fingers crossed for her!

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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2018, 02:39:05 PM »
Goodness, hopefully she pulls through <3
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« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2018, 06:04:12 PM »
Wild Rasberry and Marlin, sadly I don't know the breed, I have just always heard the term broiler chicken, so I'm not sure.  She's just a white eating chicken, LOL!  I hope she dosen't explode.  My doctor did mention that, while trying to get her to walk again, that she was too top heavy because she's been so bred and pumped full food and things to get her to market.  He says hopefully with exercise and some weight loss she can move around better.
Well, it's 6:30am here, shortly I'll be heading down to the barn to see if she made it through the night.
I agree that it sounds like a leghorn. The boilers are SO far they can't walk and have usually lost all of their feathers from lying around. I have quite few friends that raise them for 4-H and they are so nasty. But the leghorns are really sweet. My friend has one that in 9 years old.

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« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2018, 07:06:18 PM »
I hope she recovers!  Chickens are so cool.  When I lived in Australia one of our cats thought she'd stalk and pounce our hens but they ganged up on her and chased her up a tree!