BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Predators and Pests › Chicken disappears
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Chicken disappears

post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 
I have been letting my chickens free range with there rooster for about 3 months now and have had no problems. I know free ranging is risky but they love it! We live on 5 acres and they have lots of trees and other things to hide under, they are about 7 mo old and full grown. Today I was sitting inside and heard a different noise out of a hen and then I heard our rooster so I ran outside and they were all just standing around.. I didn't even think to count them.. Now this evening I go out and one of our RIR girls is gone sad.png there are no feathers anywhere, no signs of anything and she was full grown! Could a hawk pick her up and take her away? It also could of been another predator I just feel like if it was a fox or something I would of seen feathers or the other girls would of got scared when it happened..
post #2 of 3

I can't imagine a hawk flying away with a full grown chicken, but what do I know?

But I don't think most predators stop short and pluck their prey before taking it back to their dens.

 

At least the coyotes that got our 5 cats didn't leave any fur laying closely by.

Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

Reply

Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

Reply
post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 
Yeah I'm not sure either! I just figured I would of seen blood or some feathers from her struggling or something! I searched our whole property with my 2 bird dogs who hunt and they didn't catch any scents of anything.. Crazy to just think she disappeared!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Predators and Pests
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Predators and Pests › Chicken disappears