Chickens, Lost & Found is becoming a regular topic here on EveryBlock....!
Anthony, if you're not able to locate the owner, your best bet on getting help would probably be Red Door Shelter. When I contacted Red Door after a similar thread was posted, they told me that they do help with homeless chickens as they can -- although they can't take in as many chickens as they are asked to. They said anyone who finds a chicken should feel free to contact them, although they can't promise they will be able to help every time. http://www.reddoorshelter.org/
Re-posting info from that other thread: A few weeks ago, I spoke with an expert on urban chickens. She prefers to remain anonymous since she's apparently flooded with requests for help with the numerous chickens that people are finding.... But what she told me is that it's possible that lost roosters may be refugees from cock-fighting rings -- but apparently, quite a few roosters get dumped by chicken owners. Part of the problem, she said, is that chicken owners buy chicks that haven't been "sexed" (i.e., the gender/s are yet to be determined). Then when the birds get older, people realize they have a rooster on their hands, and they will then dump the rooster(s).
Roosters get dumped because they are noisy, can be very aggressive, and may not fit in with the rest of the birds. She also said that even when roosters are relocated to farms, they may not mesh with the existing flock of birds. (So to avoid this problem, she said, it's important that chicken owners buy sets of chicks that have already been identified as being females.)
Is it just the comb that makes you say its a rooster or is it actually crowing? Plenty of hens have a pea comb and a waddle. The tail looks more hen like to me, but I have only had chickens for a year or so and so I may not know what I am talking about.
I think that's a hen, not a rooster. Hens can have a small comb and wattle. Roosters usually have much larger combs and fabulous long tails. Plus, if she's being sweet and approachable, that would lend credence to her being a hen. Roosters are a bit more wily, in my limited experience. I'll second calling Red Door at Lunt and Western. They've taken in chickens before and know what to do with them.
Hey, there's a family that keeps chickens and roosters who live very near that location, where you say you found the rooster. I don't know their name or the exact address, but I know where they live...less than a block from me. If you want, I can go over there and ask if they are missing a rooster. You want me to?
i vote hen. i also agree with helen that if you don't get her home, she is yours. re- what barbara says- the chicken in that thread was not returned to his owner, according to his posts on the chicago chicken enthusiasts board. also just re- how people end up with roosters- not all breeds can be sexed as chicks. and even those are not 100%. if you don't have a plan for what to do with a rooster, people should get a pullet (young hen) instead of a chick.
Ha ha... At least, it's not a peahen. Pea hen??? I think that was the name... No, Guinea Fowl! That was it... I was living last year at the corner of Seely and Fargo, and there was a most unusual bird sitting in a condo window, and we were all walking around, asking neighbors if they new anyone who had lost a large bird like most of us had never seen... Then someone discoved more of them strutting around a fenced in (not so well, or they can fly), yard at that same corner. Turned out to belong to an Asian man, Vietnamese, I think. Food, most likely. He thought we were all crazy, I think, gazing in amazement at these birds, and collecting ourselves on the corner.
Anthony, if it turns out to be a hen rather than a rooster, you can just rename her Henrietta. I don't know about one of your friend's suggestions of calling it Hank in that case. (Loved your friends' Facebook comments under the photo!)
Anthony - do you still have the bird? I'd be happy to take her. Has anyone posted this on the chicken listserv? If not, I can post and hold her - if someone claims, great and she will be re-homed. if not, I'll add her to my flock. I will be happy to take any and all chickens that are "lost". Roosters will go to our farm (or in the soup pot) and hens might stay here or go to the farm. email@example.com
Oh gosh. Is that what they call organic and free range? The FDA has no laws or regulations that define or can enforce claims of "organic" on foods. The USDA regulates farmers who claim to be organic but they have no authority to inspect or regulate restaurants. They can't even regulate meat after it is sold by a farmer to the end consumer.
Oh, no, I don't think you'll want to keep a chicken in your apartment. I was actually just teasing Tom above. He'd be a great new owner for Henry/Henrietta. Big back yard here, plus a farm in Michigan. I'll vouch for him as a great guy.
I am sincerely grateful for the information. I just wanted to know if anyone was on lockdown last week and if you practice drills. I think that it doesn't put anyone in danger to know that. This helps me to try and convince our school to do drills and maybe next time there is an armed person roaming the streets the could follow the way the other schools and lock down the school. It's a common practice for schools to lockdown when a crazy person is on the loose!