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CHICKEN...MISSING!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by imzadi, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. imzadi

    imzadi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always count my chickens before shutting the door...I have 11. Today, after dark (about 5pm) only 10!!!!! No sign of the other one. I saw her earlier in the day...about 3 hours prior to this...she was fine.

    Is there a possibility that she will come back in the am? Or...should I just prepare that she is gone...probably someone's dinner :( She was one of my two newest chickens and had only started laying periodically...

    So sad :(
     
  2. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Within twenty four hours of her disapirence there is a good chance she will come back, but after that there is not much hope!!
    Good Luck, hope you find her!
     
  3. McGobs

    McGobs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had one that disappeared too. Not a trace..no signs of struggle, no feathers...nothing. Just gone. For 2 weeks we waited and looked..and nothing.

    Then one day I was doing my monthly coop cleaning(pulling out nestboxes, giving them a good cleaning, replace floor shavings..the usual), and I found our missing hen behind the nestboxes. She had wedged herself into a place I didn't think was possible for her to fit and starved to death. The only reason I say this is because I went out and spent a lot of money predator proofing the coop and run thinking something got my hen and was eventually coming back for the others. Got any small spaces she might have wormed into?
     
  4. Stewzoo

    Stewzoo Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had a few "stay out too late" and miss the shut down. I think they hunker down in trees or tall grass. They came back in the morning and were pacing around the coop looking for their friends. I hope she comes back for you!
     
  5. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you find her then??
     
  6. imzadi

    imzadi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    SHE WAS BACK THIS MORNING!!! YEA! But, i'm thinking that she might have an outdoors nest? I have 7 layers...all of who should be old enough to be laying me some eggs. However...I'm only getting two eggs every other day; from the same two chickies.

    I think it's time to confine to the run for a few weeks...gotta start getting some eggs...
     
  7. RileyB

    RileyB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine sometimes try to hide and brood in small spaces and under things outside. We've found them under the boat, under the barn, etc. If she does it again try checking all things she could have crawled into nearby.
     

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