New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

missing chickens

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

I let my 3 hens and one rooster out this morning, free roam, and one hen is here and 2 hens and a rooster is just gone, iv looked around the house, they have never been 50 feet from the coop. What do i do!

post #2 of 18

welcome-byc.gif  sorry for the circumstances.  I would lock up the remaining hen and hope that the others return this evening.  I am seriously afraid that there has been a predator attack on your flock.

Friends are the family you make for yourself.
There are no coincidences- only providences.
Reply
Friends are the family you make for yourself.
There are no coincidences- only providences.
Reply
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 

But in like one hour all 3 could have been got?

post #4 of 18

Hopefully some or all may have escaped and are just hiding.  If so, they generally return around dusk.  Hopefully that is the case.

Friends are the family you make for yourself.
There are no coincidences- only providences.
Reply
Friends are the family you make for yourself.
There are no coincidences- only providences.
Reply
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 

thanks for the optimism, my one hen is making alot of noise, does this mean anything?

post #6 of 18

She may be calling to her flockmates, or the predator may still be in the area and she may be 'alarm calling'.  Hopefully it is the former.

Friends are the family you make for yourself.
There are no coincidences- only providences.
Reply
Friends are the family you make for yourself.
There are no coincidences- only providences.
Reply
post #7 of 18
I agree with Sourland - hope they come home.

A serious predator can slaughter an entire flock in minutes.

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 



My Chickens
Reply

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 



My Chickens
Reply
post #8 of 18

Have they ever free ranged before? How long have they been in this coop? I'm asking if they know that the coop is home and how to return to it.

 

If you have looked everywhere and seen absolutely no sign of attack...not even a single feather, then I'd guess they're hiding and may come home at dusk. Be sure to check in trees at dusk as they could be roosting in them.
 

Backyard farming with my flock of super talented manure composters and bug hunters.

Reply

Backyard farming with my flock of super talented manure composters and bug hunters.

Reply
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 

dang...i have raised them up from chicks and they are 20 weeks old, still no eggs but all of the hens have been sitting and my rooster was going to be a perfect show roo :(

post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 

no signs of attack and they have been in coop for 16 weeks now, they have a pen for when im not home but on sunday i let them out for the past 2 months

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Managing Your Flock