All of my chickens are dead, how do I coperate with the deaths?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ChickGirl4Life, May 24, 2011.

  1. ChickGirl4Life

    ChickGirl4Life In the Brooder

    Well.. today I went outside this morning to check on the chickens just fine and dandy...Until I opened the door. One pullet was just inside the door.... Head gone......Blood on the bedding....The other three were by the pen door... They met the same fate....[​IMG] These were my first chickens and they lived from April 21 to today. I've been crying all day. I did go to school but alot of my friends asked me what was wrong...I didn't tell. I told them I would tomorrow but I don't know if I can. Can someone help me?[​IMG]:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit:hit
    Last edited: May 24, 2011
  2. CrazyChickensEverwhere

    CrazyChickensEverwhere Songster

    Apr 8, 2011
    I am sorry [​IMG] , I guess you could give it time, figure out how the predator got in your coop, fix it and try again. [​IMG]
  3. Gmsg01

    Gmsg01 Chirping

    May 4, 2011
    West Monroe,NY
    So sorry [​IMG]
    Hopefully you can figure out what killed them, so that you can preventit from happening next time.
  4. ReikiStar

    ReikiStar Songster

    Oooooh, I'm so so sorry this happened to you and your babies. [​IMG] I'm sure others know better which animals simply take off the heads when they attack. I think it might have been a raccoon. If it's any consolation at all, most chicken people have lost a chicken or more to another animal at some point -- most of us have been where you are now, so know that you're not alone. The best thing you could do for the babies that you lost and for any future chickens you get is to read up about keeping predators out and reinforce your coop.

    Did your coop have chicken wire? Predators can tear through it like paper.

    Don't worry if your friends don't understand, they might surprise you.

    Losing chicks you've raised is so hard. Go easy on yourself and take time to mourn. [​IMG]
  5. terrilhb

    terrilhb Songster

    Dec 11, 2010
    [​IMG] I am so sorry for your loss. I lost 12 hens in Oct. They were 3 months old. I too cried all day. It devastated me. I hope you catch the predator. Don't give up. Try to reinforce your coop better. Hang in there.
  6. vstoltzfus

    vstoltzfus Songster

    Aug 10, 2009
    Lancaster County, PA
    Please try again! I, too, have lost chickens to predators. It is nature's way, but don't let it discourage you.
  7. ChickGirl4Life

    ChickGirl4Life In the Brooder

    Thanks all you guys!
  8. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    Sorry for your losses. I lost a big Barred Rock hen to a hawk earlier this year and over the years I've lost chicks and pullets to snakes.
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I am so sorry for your losses.

  10. True Grit

    True Grit Songster

    I'm so sorry, I lost a hen over a month ago and I still miss her.

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