Originally Posted by chickendreams24
You're very very welcome! I'm so glad to hear she came home to you. Give her some extra love tonight when you go out and look her over. Do you have a roo? There have been a few times when I've been very grateful to my roos for giving the girls warning.
Thanks again! As soon as I got home I got a flashlight and looked at them as best I could which they weren't happy about but all seemed fine. Only checked all the buff/orange birds (Buff Orps and one EE) and briefly May. Tomorrow I'll have to check every single one. But I didn't see any blood or even a bald spot. They were all in the bushes in the front yard except for one Buff Orp next a fallen pine branch/still in the woods, and May, who came running out of the woods. Of course now I can't tell which Orp was in the backyard which would be useful cause I guarantee she's the one that got attacked. But I suppose it's good I can't tell. The weird thing to me though is I walked through the woods starting from the backyard all the way to the front yard and I never saw May or heard her call back or anything yet she supposedly came running out of the woods between the dog house and the feather puff so where was she ya know??? She must have panicked and gone deep in the woods? I only walked the edge. Anyhow, sorry for babbling, we do not have a roo unfortunately
neighbors too close in the back plus I don't wanna be woken up lol butthe Australorps are kinda mean/feisty sometimes but May the BR also actually kind of acts like one sometime . She or an Orp is usually the first to start following me and then the rest follow. And sometimes she leads them around and she's bold.
Originally Posted by mlm Mike
I thought so too!! I know we lucked out.
So, to everyone now, I decided I am no longer letting them out unless I watch them. I used to but lately often just go inside and forget them. No more. Although I do constantly check from the windows and constantly count them and lately they have been staying in the yard and not wandering off. Last I checked they were next to the dog house foraging under some young pine trees. Usually they were either there, in the backyard, or on the edge or the woods under a bush. We have had them since October and although we never really let them out before we did occasionally and have never had an issue. I guess I just took their safety for granted. Never again. It's amazing too how fast it happens.