1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Chick disappeared

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by 13Bettys, Mar 31, 2017.

  1. 13Bettys

    13Bettys Chillin' With My Peeps

    101
    12
    61
    Mar 7, 2017
    Pinson, TN
    I went out this morning to check on my 4 1/2 week old BSL chicks, who are in the main coop with an uncovered run attached, and one is gone. No feathers, no tracks (it rained hard last night but there is a covered area before the coop with dirt) and no signs whatsoever of attack or escape. Any hypothesis? I'm a newbie and don't really want anymore "disappearances"
     
  2. MillersFarm

    MillersFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    697
    920
    181
    Jun 3, 2016
    Lewiston NY
    Hi, i've had the same problem last year, they were about 4 weeks old they were out side in there own little pen that was completely enclosed by chicken wire, and one of them just disappeared. so if there was to struggle or anything my guess is that she/he must have found a way out, i'd check for any hole they could get threw and cover em' up.
     
  3. 13Bettys

    13Bettys Chillin' With My Peeps

    101
    12
    61
    Mar 7, 2017
    Pinson, TN
    I did but will check again lol. I have to be missing something.
     
  4. MillersFarm

    MillersFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    697
    920
    181
    Jun 3, 2016
    Lewiston NY
    What type of fencing do you use? and how old are they? if there small enough they can squeeze right through normal chicken fencing the lil' buggers!
     
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2017
  5. 13Bettys

    13Bettys Chillin' With My Peeps

    101
    12
    61
    Mar 7, 2017
    Pinson, TN
    They are 4 1/2 weeks old. It's chicken wire. [​IMG]
     
  6. MillersFarm

    MillersFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    697
    920
    181
    Jun 3, 2016
    Lewiston NY
    Huh! well how bout' it, well dont know what else to tell you, i'd keep an eye out for him/her see if its hiding or trying to find its way back into the coop [​IMG]
     
  7. 13Bettys

    13Bettys Chillin' With My Peeps

    101
    12
    61
    Mar 7, 2017
    Pinson, TN
    For sure! Poor baby [​IMG]
     
  8. Millworker26

    Millworker26 Out Of The Brooder

    87
    3
    21
    Jun 25, 2016
    SE PA

    Winged predator? Probably able to fly off with 4 week old chick.
     
  9. yellowherb

    yellowherb Chillin' With My Peeps

    706
    109
    131
    Mar 22, 2015
    Florida
    I always lost my favorite chicks about that age. I finally figured out it was the neighbors cat. My own cat will sit next to a peeping chick that's newborn and not mess with it, neighbors cat keeps coming around here though looking for birds or any type to get. I have Aviarys as well as chickens.

    My dogs have learned what "Get the cat" means. Unfortunately they also think it pertains to our cat too.
     
  10. 13Bettys

    13Bettys Chillin' With My Peeps

    101
    12
    61
    Mar 7, 2017
    Pinson, TN
    That's what I'm thinking. We have hawks, owls, etc. here. I'm in west TN
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by