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45 dead in 1 day.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by SimplcitiyAltered, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. SimplcitiyAltered

    SimplcitiyAltered Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We lost 45 babies in 1 day 13 of those were turkeys which really hurt. When I went out in the morning I found a few dead chalked it up to a stroke of bad luck.

    When I went out later in the morning I found about 20 more dead my first thought was somehow my flock got sick then I noticed the small punture wounds on their necks and heads.

    Collected all the dead ones scooped up a bunch of the survivors to get them to a safer place by the time I got back which was about 3 minutes went back in and found 2 more the last one was still half alive I felt so sorry for her (all the chicks were hens as I bought only pullets)

    I called my brother then babysat the few I left in the polebuilding nothing like a hot sunny day sitting inside a pole building for 3 hours waiting for him to get off work he loves the projects I give him so when he got there he was set he went up into the loft (he was soaked when he got done) and waited.

    After about 2 hours the little murderer emerged he says the chicks all started their chirping it left the building and went to the far corner where it snuck in. It then hearded the chicks to a corner it was ready to pounce when BANG!
    1 dead weasel
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    1 dead waterer (this really hurt because man they are not cheap)
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Rachel, I'm so sorry about all the babies! At least that culprit is dead and gone. It's hard to keep a weasel out unless all openings are wrapped in hardware cloth and that ain't cheap, either. Too bad about the waterer, too, but I never get attached to those.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Sorry for all your losses. At least you got one of the murderers. Hope you can fend any more off and can rebuild.
     
  4. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    Oh, my goodness! That is almost too much to take at once. I'm so sorry for you.
     
  5. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Oh how HORRIBLE!! I am so very sorry...I just cant imagine loseing so many at once. I hope this doesnt discourage you. Weasles are mean, nasty little critters. Just remember, where there is one....there will be more. Be safe. Again, im so sorry.
     
  6. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm so sorry; what a horrible loss. I've never seen a weasel but it sounds like the creature from h***. Good luck w/ regrouping.
     
  7. MarkR

    MarkR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I just lost my flock, too. I'm with you. It sucks, but revenge can be sweet. Sorry it happened though.

    Mark
     
  8. keeperofthechickens

    keeperofthechickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah, those weasels are the worst.

    It's amazing how such a little creature can cause so much damage.

    Sorry for your loss.
     
  9. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Sorry for your loss.
    Did 1 weasel kill all of them?
    Did it eat any?

    I'm asking because we don't have weasels here, so I'm not familiar with their habits, only know that they are bad news.
     
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Weasels are especially nasty because they kill for sport...not because they're hungry. You're lucky you don't have them.
     

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