Chicken missing with out a trace- Who or what took her?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by citychicks13, Apr 7, 2016.

  1. citychicks13

    citychicks13 Out Of The Brooder

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    This morning when I went to feed and let out my chickens I discovered Ms. Nugget my Silkie hen was missing. Here is the problem there were no feather, blood, holes or claw marks on or around the coop and run. The most confusing part is Nugget and her mate Gidgit were locked in the coop and all the latches were still hooked. What is weirder is that Nugget went missing none of my other are hurt or missing. The only place of entry a predator could have gotten in was threw the nest boxes, but nothing was disturbed(cobwebs we intact) and no feathers or blood were any where in or around the coop or yard.
    What type of predator could of done this? Please help me figure this out to protect the others.
     
  2. Cadbury22

    Cadbury22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a real mystery!! The only thing I could think of is a person might have taken her from the coop and then re-latched it. Do you have any neighbors who would have done such a thing??
     
  3. Birdydeb

    Birdydeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    A friend told me that something similar happened to a neighbor of ours. She went to work and her chickens were put up securely. When she came home several of her Dominiques were missing, no blood, no feathers, no breach of any kind. The week before a man tried to buy them from her and she wouldn't sell so she thinks they were stolen by him since she could find no evidence of a predator. :( Was someone wanting your silkie? Don't know if this could be but your story just sounds so similar to what happened to her.
     
  4. citychicks13

    citychicks13 Out Of The Brooder

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    We live on the back side of a gated school campus, so no neighbors. Also the dogs did not bark at all during the night. The only upset animals were the polish that sleep out side sometimes and her mate Gidgit.
     
  5. Clucker53

    Clucker53 New Egg

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    The only thing i could possibly think of is a opossum, but i still dont see how that can leave no trace of an attack or open a nest box. If a preadetor did do it would probably kill all your chickens. Since silkeis are small birds maybye it got out through a small opining or you missed closing something. My last thought is that you probably forgot to make sure all your chickens are in the coop before night, so it mightve got swept away by a hawk or something.
     
  6. citychicks13

    citychicks13 Out Of The Brooder

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    My Silkies stay in a coop with covered run and are not allow to free range so hawk is out. She was defiantly their last nite as I carried her into the coop with her mate. We though that maybe an opossum did it but the lack of feathers and blood has us stumped.
     
  7. JoeP

    JoeP Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree. Something is fishy..
     
  8. rottlady

    rottlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    someone just recently stole a Chocolate Orpington and 25 chicks in Texas from a Run it is possible.

    Our friends also thought something was wrong with their hens as they were getting no eggs. Turned out homeless people were taking all the eggs and when they moved the chicken tractor back near the house the thefts stopped
     
  9. AK Chick

    AK Chick Out Of The Brooder

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    That has to be a person.If the latches were still closed, with no evidence, what else could it be?
     
  10. mimsy

    mimsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you certain she went in the night before? I had something similar happen with our polish. Turns out we must of missed her when we closed the coop up at night. There was a hole in our fence under the kids play house we didn't see and she went through and then made a friend with a chicken at the neighbors house. Turned out all good, since the neighbor didn't want their hen, she just showed up one day at their house and they couldn't get her to leave. So we took our girl home since she is tame and the other wouldn't let us pick her up, but she ran around the block and waited for us to open the gate and then ran in like she belonged here. She's a good girl and lays eggs every day for us, we don't know a thing about her except I think she is red sex link.

    btw we did seal up the fence and then checked the rest of it so we don't have that happen again. Glad we have nice neighbors.
     

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