accidentally forgot to close coop

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Tabbyangoracat, Feb 7, 2016.

  1. Tabbyangoracat

    Tabbyangoracat New Egg

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    This is the first time I have forgotten to close chicken coop at night. I went to let my two hens out. There was no sign of foul play, no scattered feather. I looked everywhere.
    Has anyone ever done this? If a predator killed them, wouldn't there be at least one feather somewhere.
     
  2. Coralietg

    Coralietg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look around further. A fox will take the chicken, usually pluck it elsewhere before taking it away. Sorry for your loss :(
     
  3. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC, you could have had a predator take them somewhere else like Coralietg said but are you sure that they aren't just out somewhere free ranging and that they just left before you got there?
     
  4. potato chip

    potato chip lunch-sharer

    They could be hiding somewhere or perched up somewhere or, as chicklover said, wandering about, doing their "thing".
     
  5. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep. Unfortunately been there, done that. Sometimes I have found signs of them, sometimes not. It's a horrible feeling. I'm very sorry for your loss.
     
  6. Tabbyangoracat

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    Thank you everyone for your help. I have good news. This afternoon I found both hens-safe and sound!
     
  7. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awesome good for you I had a roo that jumped the fence and the next morning was back at home, they probably just went exploring.
     
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  8. potato chip

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    Woohoo! A happy ending. So glad they hadn't been taken.
     
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  9. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay!!!
     
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