ALERT : Silkie Theft

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Bat Cave Silkies, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. Bat Cave Silkies

    Bat Cave Silkies Songster

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    Today, when I arrived home from visiting my husband in the hospital, I found that my dogs were NOT in their fenced (escape proof) backyard. I heard barking near the barn, and thought "oh God...my birds". My greatest fear was realized when I made it to the barn. My 2 Boston Terriers had dug a 2 foot deep tunnel into one of the juvie runs. I grabbed the dogs and put them back in their yard. They had killed "Pistol Pete" a gorgeous young Splash cockeral full of promise; a Lavender cockerel I had purchased from Bren; a striking Splash pullet who was just going to be a pet because of an earlier injury.....I also found a black pullet I was growing out, mutilated, but I may be able to save her.

    Here's the kicker-----as I was doing a head count while putting everyone to bed, I discovered my Lavender cock--Frank--was missing----HE HAD BEEN STOLEN !! It is physically impossible for any bird in that pen to exit the pen on their own.....they can only be "carried" out of that pen. I grabbed the flashlight to check the exterior, just to make sure Frank had not been a victim of the dog attack----nope. It also explains HOW my dogs escaped their backyard---the theif unlactched their gate to get to the area where the barns are.

    I contacted the Sheriffs Dept., and believe it or not, they DID send an officer. The officer took the theft very seriously. He & I examined the run and Lavender house together to see that there was no evidence of dog attack, and that only a HUMAN could remove a bird from that house. He completed a report, and told me it would be available for pickup wednesday.

    There, unfortunately, have been quite alot of Silkies stolen in the past year.....I thought we were safe from such an act. We live in the middle of nowhere.......unfortunately, I have allowed buyers to come to my home in the past----there will definitely be none of that in the future.

    I live in the mountains of western North Carolina.....so please be on the look out for a "newly acquired" Lavender cock. I bought the bird from Judy King---Three Cedars Silkies---and will ask her to post his pic on this thread.

    The hardest part of this to deal with is that my husband has been in the hospital for almost 3 weeks now......so I'm a bit stressed from that......I really did not need to deal with the murder of 3 of my birds, nor with the theft of my Lavender cockerel......
     
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  2. HenPen

    HenPen Songster

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    So sorry for your loss...I will keep you and hubby in my thoughts and prayers. [​IMG]
     
  3. coloradochick

    coloradochick Songster

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    Wow BCS so sorry to hear that this has happenend and then your husband is in the hospital to boot. Please take care of yourself and try to keep the stress down. Things will work out [​IMG]
     
  4. Here are pictures of the lavender cock taken in Nov. of 2010.


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  5. People are so horrible sometimes....what a load of [​IMG]

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    Invest in some game cameras and some locks...and maybe a rottie or a big LGD...the thief will probably be back.

    Edited to add--don't post on BYC or anywhere else that you're gone or going somewhere. Thieves see that as a green light...
     
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  6. suburbanchickymama

    suburbanchickymama Songster

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    I can't believe that! I am so sorry!!! Stay strong and many prayers for you and your family!
     
  7. emilysue

    emilysue In the Brooder

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    So sorry for your loss, hope they catch the jerk soon!
     
  8. reesepoultry

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    Have you had anybody at you house recently and they saw your silkies. I have recently thought about this happening to me. So I now meet people instead of letting them come out. I worry about this happening. Hubby is gonna install locks on my coops for me. Us breeders need to be careful. We work hard to get nice stock and spend alot to just have someone steal it.

    I am so sorry this happened to you. He was a very pretty boy. [​IMG]
     
  9. Thegrayeyedgirl

    Thegrayeyedgirl Chirping

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    Such a beautiful rooster...I hope you get him back. [​IMG]
     
  10. tinychicky

    tinychicky Songster

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    i'm very, very sorry for your loss [​IMG] Rare Feathers Farm, i was going to say the same thing. people can be such jerks [​IMG]
     

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