Broody Hen Eaten on Nest

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by greenfamilyfarms, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    First the good news - As of this morning, Lump is a Daddy! I got Lump, a Black Cochin, from a fellow BYCer at the Greensboro, NC show in November. Then, I got him 2 girlfriends from a local guy, although they are hatchery quality. Then, I had the chance to get him a beautiful girl from Star Cochins at the Salisbury, NC show in March. I paid dearly for her, but she came home with me.

    Well, all three of them went broody within a week of one another. The two
    hatchery girls were sitting on 6 eggs together, and then the Star girl decided to join in. So, there they were - all three ladies in one little nest box.

    Well, I went out yesterday morning and saw black clumps of feathers in the run. My heart sank. I ran out to the coop, and Lump is fine... but the Star girl didn't. There she was, still sitting on the nest, decapitated. Looks like I have owl troubles. Great! [​IMG]

    After sitting down in the coop and having a good cry over what had happened, my husband came out and gave me that "It's stupid to cry over a chicken" look. But, what a good mama. She just sat there and let an owl eat her alive while she sat on the nest. Men just don't get things like that. It was way to disturbing for me to take pictures of her, so I didn't. Removed her from the nest and the eggs were still warm.

    5 of the chicks have hatched so far, and hoping for one more! The chicks have some major foot feathering and are all black. Can't wait to see what they turn out looking like!

    Lump:
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    My Star Girl (RIP):
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  2. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2009
    its not stupid to cry over a chicken... they are our little friends and its sad to find something like that... i'm so sorry
     
  3. Foxhound lady

    Foxhound lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    TX baby!
    I'm Sorry Star was such a pretty girl [​IMG]
     
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    I am so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful bird. Hopefully you can get some of her babies hatched. [​IMG]
     
  5. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    What a brave mama she was! I am so sorry for your loss. She was GORGEOUS and so is Lump.
     
  6. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

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    What a dedicated mama. [​IMG]
    I'm so sorry. [​IMG]
     
  7. PQ

    PQ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are some of the eggs hers? I have a cochin that is a wonderful broody hen. All her chicks turn out to be good broodys to, so if you have one of her eggs under one of the other hens you will have another good broody next year!
    I have even experimented with her eggs and put them in the bator raised them inside till they where old enouth to go out all have also turned out to be wonderful broodys.
    I'm sorry for the awful find!
     
  8. sheps4her

    sheps4her Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so sorry! [​IMG]
     
  9. Bizzybirdy

    Bizzybirdy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds more like a racoon. I had a hen sitting last year and her head was yanked off by a racoon, feathers everywhere...she fought a good battle. Her body was left intact. [​IMG]

    I shot the it the next night.
     
  10. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Oh wow, I am sooooo sorry. [​IMG] She was beautifull! [​IMG]
     

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