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Sorry I'm new but I need advice

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Early this morning around 3am we lost all our flock but 1. A bobcat somehow popped the lid on our coop. My kids are devastated as am I, what should we do? Obviously more predator proofing, but do we buy more pullets the same age? I'm at a loss. My last baby girl is really shook up and almost depressed looking, we've brought her inside in a kennel. When should we let her back in the run? Should we buy new pullets? She was the mother hen. They were all 13 weeks. sad.png I'm not sure how posts work on here or if this is the right place to post anything...
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She's In shock. It might take a few days for her to come back around. She's a lucky chicken. I have a hen that escaped a fox attack last summer and was In shock for a couple days. She definitely needs a companion.
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Thank you!!! She's super lonely so I've been keeping her close by the last 24 hours. She seems to like leaning against my son's tablet so she's on the couch with him all day so far. Should we get more chickens? Would they pick on her?
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So sorry!  You need more birds, and a safer coop, soon.  Rebuild your coop before adding more birds, and get her some company soon.  Be careful about biosecurity issues before getting older birds from possibly unsafe sources.  Mary

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Thank you, yes we are having a heavy duty wooden shed built, they started it yesterday it is amazing, should be done by tomorrow. Costs a pretty penny but definitely worth it. Okay should I go back to the feed store I bought my girl at? She's still banged up, she got plucked sad.png
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If you don't want to wait for chicks to mature, buy older pullets.  Finances would play a large part in my decision due to my small fixed income.

 

If all you have left is the older "mother bird" she, being out-numbered, so to speak, wouldn't be much of a threat to a larger group of pullets.  Bobcats, according to the trapper's websites, are not that difficult to trap.  Catch it and kill it. 

 

If you have the time to read here in "Predators and Pests" you will quickly discover how important it is for your enclosures to be both strong and have NO GAPS!  ​Good luck.

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Married 46 years. Great wife, 4 sons, 13 grandchildren! 

 

He who laughs last thinks slowest!


Give me ambiguity or give me something else.   

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Thank you!!!!!!
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