Originally Posted by vpatt
I left this morning at about 8 am for about an hour and a half. When i got back Honeycutt was laying near where i park and not moving. When i went to check he moved, but he is not walking very well. Julio is under the porch steps with the girls. Joe and Little Guy are no where to be seen and i think a hen is missing. I will get a better count when they go in tonight. How sad. Honeycutt does not want to be picked up so i dont know what to do. He has some bloody spots on one foot and leg and ruffled feathers. I walked around and i found a few feathers from one chicken. So the feathers are either from Joe or Honeycutt or both as they both have barred feathers.
We just found Joe in the backyard. He wasnt there earlier. He doesn't look good. We put him in the shade on the porch. Honeycutt is looking a little better. Little Guy has not shown up and i think that leaves 3 hens. Boone (grandson) is here. He is looking around with the gun. He asked about dogs......but i havent seen any around. I know there are foxes on the property.
I am so sorry to hear of your Loss. My condolences. Quick in and out, sounds like a fox. GOOD LUCK hunting that predator DOWN!
Had mine out most of day. When sun dipped behind mountain, they were in the hutch again. NOT happy I took them from there into the house, but they were there. A LOT of help for me! I'm betting that's were they will lay. Caught dogs snatching current layer's eggs, Mon, Tues.. Today, I guess cause I was outside, they left the egg alone..... Hen comes around when chicks are out which I THINK, annoys the Rooster. Now his Little Rooster self, Mini Bantam, goes after me, the chicks... He realizes he will have more to look after, is he getting ornery?!