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An Owl wiped out my PW flock (pics included)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by TennesseeTruly, May 9, 2011.

  1. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    I had an absolutely GORGEOUS flock of bantam Partridge Wyandottes from the top breeders in the country. I baby them. They greeted me at the fence no matter how many times I went down to see them. A month ago, I slipped on my arse as I went into their run and they all jumped on top of me like happy little puppies! My sweet sweet babies.

    This morning I woke up in a good mood, was rolling around my bed with my dog, laughing, playing tug of war. My husband walked into the bedroom and I shouted "good morning" to him over the ruckus of my dog's barking and he said, "is it?"

    Ut oh..not good.

    He then proceeded to tell me that he was doing morning chores and he heard "our" crows going crazy, along with our guineas. He rushed around the back of our property to find an owl inside my Partridge Wyandotte pen. I just sat there with my mouth open. He said my birds were gone, he said the destruction was bad. I couldn't even cry. I just sat there. He had his head down to the floor and I said "what?"

    I just couldn't imagine what else. We lost our White Jersey Giant flock a month ago to something that tore through our welded wire fencing. Now this.

    He said, "I couldn't stop her. Lady killed the owl." Lady is our Great Pyrenees all 138 lbs of her. She dropped it when he told her to but she probably broke its neck. Now I feel badly.

    The owl was doing what nature intended for it to do. Even though I had avian netting on top of the run, the sun must have deteriorated it enough that the owl could have gotten through it. I don't think the owl was initially after my chickens, I think it was after a rat that ran into my chicken pen and it then went after the rat. Once inside, the rat scurried away and dinner was served.

    I'm sure later on that I'm going to realize that my babies are gone and I'm going to cry my eyes out. It hasn't hit yet. I have lots of chickens but these are my BABIES...or WERE my babies.

    But the fact that Lady killed that owl is eating me up. Hubby told me that he had no idea what kind it was but he left it down by the woods if I wanted to see it. So I decided to go see. It's a Great Horned Owl and its beautiful. The second I saw it, I teared up. Something so beautiful yet so deadly. I really inspected it because I knew I would never get a chance to check one out up close again in my lifetime. Tears poured down my face because its such a waste.

    This is probably the owl that I saw about 6 weeks ago. Just beautiful, even in death. Circle of life, I guess.


  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Songster

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    I am so sorry.
  3. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Songster

    Feb 13, 2011
    Austin Tx
    Wow, not a good start of the day. I'm so sorry you lost your birds. [​IMG] That is was one beautiful owl.
  4. sunshyn225

    sunshyn225 In the Brooder

    Mar 18, 2011
    Darn. What a crying shame! I'm SO sorry you lost all your beloved chickies. [​IMG]

    Perhaps you could call the DNR so they could come pick up the owl? I know up here they will have them mounted and display them in the DNR offices or use them for educational purposes. If you were interested, you could maybe ask them if they could issue you a permit so you could keep it and have it mounted for yourself - if you were interested.

    However that would just bring back awful memories of what the thing did to your sweet babies. [​IMG]
  5. terrilhb

    terrilhb Songster

    Dec 11, 2010
    I am so sorry for your loss. It is so heartbreaking. The owl was beautiful. It is a shame. Sending lot's of hugs [​IMG].
  6. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    I'll definitely call DNR. All she did was shake it. Hubby said the minute he told her to release it, she did but it was too late.

    We live in very thick woods and we have predators galore and we know we do. We do everything possible to try to keep our babies safe but sometimes no matter what you do, its just not enough.
  7. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Since owls are protected, I think I'd just bury the thing and be done with it. You never know how the DNR is going to react. I would have said follow the last two S's, but it's too late for the shut up part.

  8. coppahed

    coppahed In the Brooder

    Sep 12, 2007
    Sorry to hear of your loss. I wouldn't feel too bad about the owl. It didn't kill just enough to eat. It killed more than it needed. We have the same problems w/wolves here. They don't kill one lamb at a time , they kill a bunch. Hopefully you can regroup and start over. Hugs and prayers.
  9. Two Creeks Farm

    Two Creeks Farm Songster

    Apr 23, 2011
    Hedgesville, WV
    1st, sorry to hear your chickens were killed

    2nd..good dog! The dog doesnt know from owls...it did its job and protected your property!

    I would be leary of calling the DNR, it happened and its the cycle of things. You might open a can of worms you never intended to!
  10. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    [​IMG] so sorry to hear about your babies. [​IMG]

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