A devil got my chicken...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by domesticauliflower, Jun 2, 2007.

  1. domesticauliflower

    domesticauliflower New Egg

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    A few days ago a Tassie devil took one of our two chickens (Isa Browns, 20 weeks old) and now the other is pining I think. She is lethargic, has little interest in eating, sits by my back door most of the day and won't go back into her coop at night. She appears to be physically ok but perhaps has become unhinged psychologically. Should I just give her time or do I get her another companion immediately? They were great buddies and free ranged together all day in our garden. My son, who didn't close their yard gate securely, is also devastated. [​IMG]
     
  2. Gracefulspice

    Gracefulspice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens are meant to be in a flock. I would get her a companion or 2 asap. That's why she's sitting at your back door. She's looking for company. It's not normal for them to be alone and she is more then likely depressed. See if you can get a hen approx her age...not a peep. That way she has an instant buddy. Good Luck!!
     
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    I agree. Definately get her a few pals ASAP! Poor little hen. I bet she is scared to death....seeing her pal get killed, and now there all alone!
     
  4. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2007
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    Kiss your son and your lone chicken for me. Sounds like they are both having a rough time. And tell your son that even the Fort Knox of coops sometimes can't keep the predators out.

    -Meghan
     
  5. Hotwings

    Hotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you mean Tasmanian Devil? Then you must be from Australia or Tasmania. Years and years ago I used to write to a lady in Tasmania and she sent me a postcard of a Tasmanian Devil, they are quite the scary little creatures. I didn't mean to get away from your thread and I am sorry about the lost of your bird. Oh yeah welcome to the boards.
     
  6. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
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    I agree with the others. Your poor little girl needs a friend or two or three. In the meantime, I'd be holding her, giving her treats and trying to comfort her. I feel so sorry for her but even sorrier for her friend. I hope you don't have any more problems!

    Ellen
     
  7. domesticauliflower

    domesticauliflower New Egg

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    Thank you so much. Off to the chicken breeder today! He is such a nice man I felt guilty about telling him last night on the phone. Cheers, Cauliflower
     
  8. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Sorry to hear about your chicken. [​IMG] Be sure to post a picture of your girl with her new friend(s).
    BTW, welcome to the forum!
     
  9. Cheri

    Cheri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry about your chicken. I love your name tho.[​IMG]
     
  10. domesticauliflower

    domesticauliflower New Egg

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    Do you mean Tasmanian Devil? Then you must be from Australia or Tasmania. Years and years ago I used to write to a lady in Tasmania and she sent me a postcard of a Tasmanian Devil, they are quite the scary little creatures. I didn't mean to get away from your thread and I am sorry about the lost of your bird. Oh yeah welcome to the boards.

    Tasmania, yes. They are scary looking but nocturnal so the only time we see them around my home is as road kill. Actually devil populations have dwindled alarmingly in the last few years due to a virus that causes a facial tumor disease and the survival of the species is seriously under threat sadly.
     

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