Can someone please explain my chicken soap opera?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by suzannaski, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. suzannaski

    suzannaski Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    I'll be brief (I'm supposed to be in a meeting right now!!)
    Last night my newest hen died for no readily apparent reason. She wasn't ac30ting different, and she wasn't crop bound, and she had no external injuries. It's like she just died in her sleep in the nest box. She wasn't even old enough to lay yet.
    I thought I let the remaining flock of 1 roo & 3 hens see her before I buried her. My roo was watching over the other hen when she was laying an egg around 3:30 today. Then at 6 pm, no roo anywhere in sight or in hiding. No feathers to indicate a fight or a predator. Just *poof* gone.
    What the heck????
    Is he out looking for the dead hen? But he left the rest of the flock. He usually doesn't even stray because before I got him a few weeks ago, he was always cooped. He hasn't really gotten used to the idea of wandering outside yet.
    Whaddaya think is going on?
    I'm so sad, I've lost 3 of 6 chickens in one week.
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I think you have a predator.
  3. suzannaski

    suzannaski Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    yeah, but my hen died overnight inside the coop. I'm not ruling out predator, but why aren't there any feathers from the rooster?
  4. Ms Ellen

    Ms Ellen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    Don't forget to look up in the trees (low branches anyway) he may have figured out he could fly up there and roost. Otherwise it could be a bird of prey. One tried to carry away my NN hen but wasn't strong enough and ended up dropping her. She was fine except for a gash in her neck.
  5. Finn's Mom

    Finn's Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

  6. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Ringgold, GA
    That would have to be on BIG snake! I am betting on a coon, that that is the problem, then you had best get a trap set asap.
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Could your hen that died in the coop have had her neck broken by a predator? Some internal injury maybe? I am so sorry for your loss. Maybe she was scared to death? Poor thing. [​IMG]
  8. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] If he was searching, he'd be crowing his beak off.( mine does!) Maybe the hens went on strike, and are hiding away from the extra loving the roo is bound to give the remaining hens.

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