completely dumbfounded!!

TinyTotsSeramas

Songster
8 Years
Jun 21, 2011
1,932
5
141
Smithsburg
I HAD a pair of Black Tailed White Japanese in with my MIL's RSL hens, my Mille Fleur pair and a Red Pyle OEGB roo... They were let out to free range friday night, I havent been up to the coop since friday morning... I went up today to check food and waters and to try to soak up a puddle in the JG's coop and I noticed the male BTWJ is missing!! there is no feathers, no body, no disturbance in the wire or coop... my DH an FIL burried the wire underground the whole way around the coop so theres absolutly no way anything can get in or out... but this bird is missing!!! MIL said he was in the coop Friday night when she locked them up but cant recall if she seen him yesterday or not... help please what might have happened?!
 

peepblessed

Songster
8 Years
Aug 3, 2011
5,146
79
243
Twin Oaks, California
My Coop
I just remembered that we bought my daughter two small adult quail of a variety I don't remember. We turned them loose in her quail pen and they immediately went right through the wire. It didn't seem possible they could fit through. We were all dumb-founded!
 

mulewagon

Songster
9 Years
Nov 13, 2010
690
6
128
Alabama
Is the run covered? If not, he could have flown out, or a predator could have flown or climbed inside.
 

WillieBoy

Chirping
9 Years
Sep 1, 2010
285
6
99
What mulewagon said X2...also, just wonderng, why would you let your chickens out to freerange at night...?
 

TinyTotsSeramas

Songster
8 Years
Jun 21, 2011
1,932
5
141
Smithsburg
1. yes the run is covered.
2.evening about an hour or two before dark. I dont do "afternoon" and "evening" its either "morning", "noon" or "night.. no in betweens. sorry for the confusion.
 

mulewagon

Songster
9 Years
Nov 13, 2010
690
6
128
Alabama
Well, either your MIL made a mistake, or there's some way out of the pen, or there's something lurking in there....I would crawl around with a flashlight and stick and poke every seam and under everything. Turn the bedding over, rake through the nestboxes, etc.
 

bald k9

Songster
10 Years
Sep 5, 2009
512
0
139
Rural Edwardsville
look up in the trees around the coop/run, mine used to go in the trees just about every time they got out,,,i would shake some food and they would fly down to me
 

MEchickenfarmer33

Chirping
8 Years
Jul 29, 2011
461
0
99
Maine
He could have ran away and you didn't notice it. I would think he would come back though. My prayer are with u and pray for your chickens.
 

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