chicken disappeared without a trace

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by meowmmy65, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. meowmmy65

    meowmmy65 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is this the work of a hawk? My beautiful salmon faverolle is simply gone. The other 5 girls - larger breeds - are safe. No sign of a struggle, no sounds, nothing. Just gone.
     
  2. tomatillo

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    So sorry. [​IMG]

    Could have been a hawk.
     
  3. meowmmy65

    meowmmy65 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've read about chickens disappearing and then showing up again, not feeling very hopeful, though. She is just 18 weeks, not laying eggs yet, so this isn't a case of a girl gone broody. [​IMG]
     
  4. bgelber

    bgelber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    could also be a dog. I had a couple to disappear, couldn't figure out what was going on. I knew there was a couple of hawks in the area. Til one day I walked out to find my daughters dog with a few feathers and chicken feet. She was eating feathers and all, I still want to kill that dog. [​IMG]
     
  5. meowmmy65

    meowmmy65 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have three dogs. They were in the house with us, but if another dog had been anywhere near our yard, they would have sounded the alarm. Besides, I don't think a dog would have taken one hen - without a trace - and left the others alone. Dogs aren't that "dainty" if you know what I mean.

    Going to keep holding out hope that she is hiding and will show up tomorrow. I know, it's foolish of me.
     
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Hawks will usually start plucking and eating at the site of the kill, so if there were no feathers it's more likely a canine
     
  7. meowmmy65

    meowmmy65 Out Of The Brooder

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    We live in a typical neighborhood within the city limits. Windows are open - back door open, with the screen locked. I've got three dogs who all go nuts at the slightest sound in the yard. I can't believe any kind of canine would have been able to get in and out of my yard without setting off the "dog alarm." Plus - my yard is fenced with chain link on three sides and solid wood on the other. There aren't any easy openings for them to get in and out of without some noise.

    Poor Lucy.
     
  8. slim1986

    slim1986 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know raccoons are real good at nabbing chickens and disappearing. No sign of a struggle or anything and it will keep happening as long as it has food (your other chickens) available to it I had my rouen drake go missing a week ago and we later found what was left of him tucked way on a shelf in our shed, WITH THE COON STILL EATING!!!!! [​IMG] Needless to say the coon is no longer on this earth, but a coon will nab whatever it wants to eat, take it somewhere safe and keep eating on it until nothing is left and the grab another chicken given a chance, I'd set a live trap if I where you, and either relocate it, or "deal" with what you catch
     
  9. tomatillo

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    [​IMG] hoping she comes home [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2011
  10. meowmmy65

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    Quote:Thank you. I know it isn't likely, but I'm trying to be optimistic. My two daughters are devastated. The 17 yr old has been crying all night - can't focus on her homework. Lucy was a particular favorite. She was the smallest and the sweetest of our girls.
     

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