Chick disappeared!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by collingwood, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. collingwood

    collingwood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi everyone I got two chicks and they were fine until just now for some reason one of them disappeared!
     
  2. chickenlover09

    chickenlover09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Um... Where could she of gone?
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    A little more information would be needed to try to help you (if you are looking for help) in figuring out what has become of your chick. For starters:
    Where were the chicks being kept - were they in a brooder, in a coop with an enclosed run or were they free ranging?
    How old are your birds?
     
  4. collingwood

    collingwood Chillin' With My Peeps

    They are day olds and were in a coop underneath a duck that they think is there mother and when I checked on them it was gone and the other chick was under the duck and I was thinking of a cat but there aren't any I know of and anyway wouldn't the cat have taken both chicks if not the duck? And the hole that the chickens go into is very low to the ground under a tree and seems very unlikely for a bird so I really don't know!
     
  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    It sounds like they are fairly well out in the open, then, which means that the list of possible things that have happened to the chick is pretty much endless....and, no, a predator is not likely to have taken both chicks and/or the duck. If a predator is to blame this was a crime of opportunity and would have been a "snatch and grab" job where the first thing that could be gotten ahold of was picked up and run off with - this is not the sort of scenario in which something is going to take the time to capture multiple targets.
     
  6. collingwood

    collingwood Chillin' With My Peeps

    But weren't that vulnerable because they were completely enclosed except for a tiny hole that only chickens can fit through that isn't in a very obvious spot only birds would see it but it has a tree next to it so they can't either!
     
  7. chickenlover09

    chickenlover09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen chicks, especially little day old ones slip through the tiniest holes.
     
  8. collingwood

    collingwood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes I found a few holes like what you were talking about but I couldn't find her in any of them!
     
  9. mightymax

    mightymax Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could the baby chicken have managed to find its way to this 'hole/door' and slipped out on its own into the wild blue yonder?
     
  10. collingwood

    collingwood Chillin' With My Peeps

    No I don't think so because it is so small it couldn't have gone very far and I checked outside the door and it wasn't there!
     

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