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Friday, August 13, 2010

Chicken or What?

Do you have any idea what this creature is. It looks like a chicken, or a quail, or a bob white, but no consistent features - and look at the length of those toes?

Thanks for any information you can provide. Betty
~Grand Rapids, MI

Hello, I'm sorry I've never encountered this bird before. It doesn't look like it has spurs on its feet or a long tail. That probably means it's a hen of some sort. It could be a young bird from several species including chicken, grouse, partridge or pheasant. I will post it on the blog and see if someone can identify the bird. Sarah
Anybody have any ideas?


Sharon said...

It looks like a baby Rhode Island Red we saw at the county fair.

Wild Birds Unlimited Mid-Michigan said...

I think you're right. Grand Rapids failed to pass an ordinance that would have allowed city residents to keep hens in their backyards Aug 10th and I think this baby flew the coop.