I have gone on and on about how great & wonderful my Golden Laced Sebright Bantams are.................only to find out THEY are the PREDATOR killing my chicks.
Found a BR and BO dead this AM. Pecked to death. Yet to find my other BR chick. And have a BO and RIR in serious condition. Have already lost 2BO and 2BTW jap bantams. My 2 BTW japs were a few months old. Woke up one AM and they were gone....disappeared. Looked everywhere.....never found. Now, I'm beginning to realize........it was my sebrights.
My sebrights roam the yard by day. Theres a pen they were raised in that they sometimes fly into, which has an entrance to the barn where they can roost. In fact, the way we have it set up, there are 3 separate pens with 3 separate entrances into the barn with 3 separate roosting areas. I guess I was wrong to assume my chicks would be ok. Now I know.
All AM I have just cried and cried. I just can't believe my sebrights would kill my chicks. And, I'm not talking about day old chicks......the BTW japs were a few months old.....the other chicks were 3-4 weeks old.
I have already found a home for the Sebrights. They have to go. Not just because they have pecked these chicks to death.....but because I think they are actually eating the chicks. How do you explain chicks just gone....into thin air? They aren"t big enough to fly out of the pen....there's no possible way they could fly out. The only other feasible explaination is the sebrights ate them. Tonight when they are roosting, I will catch them and set them in a box for pick-up tomorrow. I have 1 juv roo, 1 juv hen and 5 adult hens. These are birds I raised from chicks. Birds who will fly up on my shoulder regularly. Birds who flock to me when I go outside. I had so much love and affection for them..........had being the key word. I also took all of the sebright eggs out of the incubator. I can't stand the sight of a sebright again.....
Sorry to ramble.....I'm just devestated.....completely and utterly distraught.......
Edited by NC29mom - 7/29/11 at 10:12am