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2 of my hens missing............I found one massacred. UPDATE on pg 3

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by hawtchick, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. hawtchick

    hawtchick Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    New Hampshire
    I am beside myself. My DH is gone for the weekend hunting, so after I got home from work, I went out to lock the birds up and noticed 3 were missing.
    I looked everywhere but it was dark and found nothing.
    I went out this morning and found one of my buff comets decapitated and missing a leg with her insides gone. [​IMG]
    I am still missing another BC and a LH.
    I am assuming a hawk got it because the hawk was out waiting for me to let the birds out this morning, which I did not do.
    They are free range, so now it's time for there fall/winter run to go up.
    Damn it!!!
    I just had to vent. I am so sad to lose those girls. They had just started laying too. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2008

  2. Roosterboy

    Roosterboy Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    I am so sorry.
    But if you didn't find a body there is always a chance they'll find their way home atleast
  3. CountryMom

    CountryMom Songster

    Jun 21, 2008
    South Texas
    I am so sorry for your loss. I have had my share of coons and opposums here lately also. Lost a lot of nice hens. I hope you find the lost ones. I had one hide after being attacked and she came home the next day. She didn't make it, but at least she wasn't their dinner after all.
  4. hawtchick

    hawtchick Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    New Hampshire
    my other 2 girls never came home. [​IMG]
    I am so mad this has happened.
    My cat has also been missing since the attack.
    What could do all this??? A racoon???
    I definitely saw a hawk hanging out, probably looking for the remains.

    AARRGGHHH!!!! This is so frustrating and sad.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Your cat is missing? Could be a coon or a coyote. Sorry for your loss-I know how upsetting this is for you.
  6. cristy17

    cristy17 Songster

    3 hens and a cat. I really feel for you:( Sounds like it could have even been a fox, dog, or even another cat. The hawk probably saw the remains of the one hen.
  7. hawtchick

    hawtchick Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    New Hampshire
    I found some scat I am going to post of picture of in a bit. I found it near the remains of my girl. [​IMG]

  8. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I am so sorry about your hens and your cat. I sure hope you can figure out who's responsible for this. That will help you figure out how to protect the rest of your chickens.
  9. hawtchick

    hawtchick Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Just wondering if this could be a clue: It's about an inch and a half long and filled with hairish fibers ir grass or something.


    It's posting much blurrier than it really is.....hmmmm
  10. Duppydo

    Duppydo In the Brooder

    Oct 13, 2008
    Sorry for your loss...I'm no expert but it looks like a coon poop to me...It also sounds like a owl pellet (poop) the way you described the fibery/hair content...

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