- Apr 4, 2013
My chicks are one to two weeks away from moving to their coop full time. They are getting restless in their brooder box so when I am cleaning out their box I will let them roam for a little bit in their coop before bringing them back in. We have some great weather and it is warm so they have loved pecking and scratching at leaves and dirt. Today a neighborhood cat found them in my backyard coop, killed one, and scratched up another one. I blame myself for not being out there when it happened so I feel really bad and then my kids are asking what happened and I don't know what to say to three year olds that one of their chicks died. When I brought the chicks back to their box I examined the injured chick. She has a minor scratch and a ruffled feather on her wing. Since they have been back inside the injured chick is pacing her box and looking around almost as if she is looking for the other chick that died. Sometimes they will try to stand up as tall as they can to see over their box and making small low chirps. Has anyone ever had this happen and will this affect the remaining chicks in the long run? I am just hoping that right now they are in shock from the cat and will overcome I just don't want this also affecting their trust for when the kids and I hold them.