Disappearing Chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by hrmalexandra, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. hrmalexandra

    hrmalexandra Out Of The Brooder

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    Tonight one of my chickens disappeared - the other two (smaller) were still inside the run, door latched when I went to gather them. No signs of entry or struggle. The only thing I can think of is that there are natural divets in the grass creating a 1 or 2 inch dip below the edge of the run. Could my chicken (about 12" tall, adolescent healthy and round) have wiggled out? Do people steal urban chickens? Any answers?

    Also, is it possible to get a lost chicken back? We did a search of bushes, trees, and fences around the house. Are they smart enough to come home? This is my first try at chickens and I seem to be screwing up royally.
     
  2. simplyscrambled

    simplyscrambled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, not urban, but suburban for me, and I just got a lost chicken back today! I couldn't find her yesterday at all. No signs that she had been taken by a predator of some sort with a tell tale of feathers. No loud clucking either was heard. My other two were in the run- however I let my 'free range' in the late afternoon.

    I made a 'Missing Chicken' sign, with a pic I downloaded of the breed, and a reward of a dozen fresh eggs and posted it on the street sign pole. Within an hour, my neighbor, two houses down called, and said that yesterday, my awol chicken walked into his front yard, past him, and headed for his backyard!

    So my advice is make a sign or two and don't give up hope yet! And some chickens do and can squeeze through gaps in the chicken run, if they're determined.

    Good luck!
     
  3. aberfitch

    aberfitch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just depends Mabe someone took them but mabe they are hiding really quietly. it happened to me
     
  4. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, they're more flexible than they appear to be. [​IMG]
     
  5. hrmalexandra

    hrmalexandra Out Of The Brooder

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    I found a bunch of yanked and chewed feathers this morning - does this story ever end well?[​IMG]
     
  6. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh no! So sorry! [​IMG]
     
  7. aberfitch

    aberfitch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    same thing happened to me once. Missing roo. then one day found a whole bunch of fresh feathers.
     
  8. hrmalexandra

    hrmalexandra Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah, we found the "remains" the next afternoon. Thank you for all the advice and encouragement!
     
  9. montcapu

    montcapu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so sorry [​IMG]
     

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