Originally Posted by NEPACrazyFarm
aww sorry to hear that :( we just lost our first chic and I'm not entirely sure what happened. I neverrrr thought about rats.
I, too would have never guessed rats could do this kind of damage.. But now this means WAR!!!
Originally Posted by missypebble
I am utterly sorry for your loss - I truly am. I also have the same sentiments toward chickens - I lost one myself, due to a dog attack and everyone thought I was one of the most insane ppl that they've ever met when they learned I lost a chicken. The general comment is "can't you just simply get another one? ...if it is only a few bucks, what's the big deal??, etc." Sometimes ppl just forget that their emotions toward animals have completely gone cold, somehow....
You really should give it sometimes, then get new chicks and I am sure you are learning to be extremely cautious with predators, such as rat, and I didn't think rats would do this to chicks. But then, they are rats and their nature is out to destroy.... Personally, if you do get new chicks, I highly recommend that you have them in a coop inside your home for at least a month or two. I do not think that would hurt anything. With new chicks, Anything and Any animal will be tempted to get to them, don't you think?
Again, I'm truly sorry for your loss!
Thank you for your condolences.
Yes, most people don't understand why Im upset.. They cant picture an innocent baby, sleeping at night, then suddenly snatched and mauled.. But I guess it is nature.. Just makes me sick to think I could have and should have set up a better structure for night time...
I am going to make drastic improvements this weekend, and set up traps for the rodents.. My boyfriend promised that we will get revenge on 'em.. I wont give up on the thought of getting more chicks, but I cant just replace these in a days time.
I wouldn't have thought it was a rat if I hadnt seen them the night before.. But given the small, tight area where i found the birds, there aren't many other predators that could fit, yet do that kind of damage.. Just blows my mind that they would want both.. As if the feed sitting out wasn't there at all. Such a tough lesson indeed.
I feel like Im out witted and overwhelmed by trying to get the "perfect" set up.. One that's functional, simple, not budget blowing, cuts down on flies and rats, doesn't attract ants, doesn't stink, cleans up well, looks nice, is predator proof... UGH!! There is just so much and I feel like I've already failed before I've begun.. The fact of the matter is we do have flies, and ants, and obviously some vicious rats... My bigger chickens would rather roost on the fenceline bordering them and the dog than coop up in the evenings, wich makes me a nervous wreck considering if he jumps up, he could have them for dinner.. But Im hopeful that I will get there in time.. **Sorry for ranting, just upset still**