Any chance they are still alive?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by JerseyWooly, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. JerseyWooly

    JerseyWooly Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 5, 2009
    I have two chickens- pets, really. I have a small cage in the house where they sleep every night, and I put them out in the morning when I go to work. Every night, when it gets dark, they show up on the window sill and tap on the glass. I bring them in and give them some treat, and put them to bed.

    I have been building a run and a coop for them so that now when it gets dark earlier, they will be safe until I get home. But tonight, it got dark before I got home. I expected to see them sitting on the window sill. Nothing. I waited- sometimes they are a little late and I've had more than one scare. Still nothing. The window sill is pretty high up, so if they made it there by nightfall, I don't know what would have attacked them.

    I still have hopes they are hiding out somewhere keeping quiet in a bush or something. Would chickens EVER stay out all night? Could they survive all night in the semi-wild without getting eaten? I am leaving my garage open all night and all the outside lights on in case, but I don't know if I am just being silly.

    I have two acres, and I do have my share of deer, racoons, and turkey, and last summer I saw a fox, but it is not like this place is teaming with wildlife. Plus, my neighbors have chickens and the only time they ever had trouble was when a racoon got into the hen house and the poor chickens couldn't get away.
  2. CATRAY44

    CATRAY44 Lard Cookin Chicken Woman

    They may very well have found somewhere to roost when they were not able to go inside at dusk. I would not panic yet!
  3. hellafarms

    hellafarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just from my personal experience( if you want to keep them pen them)I live in north central arkansas and coons will reak havoc on baby chicks or any chickens for that matter.My advice to you would be to find them and hopefully tonight!oh ya by the way a good dog is priceless.
  4. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    We had a hen who was grabbed by our dog. When he put her down she ran off into the woods. (We live in the middle of 250 acres of woods, by the way, with coons, foxes, coyotes, roaming dogs, hawks, owls, etc.) She showed up a week later walking around the coop waiting to be let in. Good luck!
  5. Carolyn

    Carolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2008
    Hopefully it was their bedtime so they just found themselves a safe place to sleep. I've had that happen. Keep us posted. You might can find them some where close to where you let them in if you look around with a light.
  6. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    Yes, I would take a flashlight and look up HIGH in the trees around your house. I bet they have found a "cozy" place to sleep. They get very nervous about being settled by the time it is dark. We will cross our fingers and keep us posted!! [​IMG]
  7. JerseyWooly

    JerseyWooly Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 5, 2009
    Thanks for the shockingly upbeat comments. I'm new at the chicken game. I didn't know what to expect but I had the creeping feeling they'd already gone to the big run in the sky.

    I've been outside and around the house with a flashlight multiple times with no luck. I was expecting the worst, but didn't even find a feather. They aren't laying yet, but as chickens go, they are already about full grown and darn big so they are hard to miss.

    I'll leave food and water out every morning, and I'll post when there's a break.
  8. valerieb

    valerieb Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 14, 2009
    Richwoods, Missouri
    I have had a few that were out all night and they were there walking around the next morning so don't give up hope!
  9. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    they are already about full grown and darn big so they are hard to miss

    They can squeeze into some surprisingly small spaces. I had one wedge itself between the recycle bin and the house, maybe 2 inches tops. I found her after I searched my yard the neighbor's yards and so on, in the dark. Good luck- hope she shows up.

    Last edited: Nov 2, 2009
  10. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    I've got my fingers crossed for you. We lost 5 hens and a rooster one night. We searched everywhere for them. It was dusk and a little hard to see, but we found them - 10 feet up our orange tree! We have one stubborn hen who still prefers roosting in the orange tree if we are a little late in calling them in for the night.

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