don't forget to lock up the coop for the night!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by wildwestcoast, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. wildwestcoast

    wildwestcoast Out Of The Brooder

    last night i didn't lock up the chickens on time. My daughter came running downstairs saying the chickens were making alot of noise. i went tearing out the back door and sure enough...they were hollering, flying around in the dark and generally panicked. I called for a flashlight and I heard something going over the back fence when it heard my voice. Initially I only counted 5 (which meant one was missing) I was mentally kicking myself for putting off closing them up while I checked the coop and run to make sure the predator was gone. Thankfully I found #6 hiding in a nesting box. I caught them all and put them in the coop and locked it but they were still pretty freaked out and making alot of noise. So the moral of this story is do not put off securing the chickens at night..we were lucky but you just never know when a predator is going to show up and wreak havoc.
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  2. Toddrick

    Toddrick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    An auto door is well worth the investment!
     
  3. wildwestcoast

    wildwestcoast Out Of The Brooder

    amen to that!
     
  4. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    That was close! Glad they were all safe and accounted for.
     
  5. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh no!

    Well for us, tonight we were gone 2 hours (3-5pm) and the kids went out to do their coop chores and close them up for the night. My daughter noticed 4 of our 8-wk-olds missing. We quickly found one with no head/throat in the yard and lots of feathers all around him/her. 3 other chicks are still missing, while the other 4 chicks and mama hen are safe inside the coop.

    I'm assuming a hawk took the one in the yard -- could another hawk have picked off the other 3? I'm hoping beyond hope that the other 3 are scared off somewhere, not moving. They'll likely survive the night if a fox doesn't get to them, though they'll be freezing! I'm hoping I see them in the morning, praying, praying, praying I do!

    Sometimes, I feel I just don't have the strength for this. My heart breaks not knowing what has happened to the other 3 young ones. :-(
     
  6. hayley3

    hayley3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry about your chickens. It's hard, and I feel your pain. Sounds like a raccoon to me though.
     
  7. hayley3

    hayley3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @Toddrick
    How hard is it to put in an automatic door, I wonder?
     
  8. Toddrick

    Toddrick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is very easy to install an auto door if you buy a complete door, and not just a controller. The complete units run about $200, which is a lot, but buy once cry once (and know your birds are safe).

    My Ador1 is failing right now (coulda been three bad batteries in a row???), so I'd recommend the PulletShut door. An unreliable door defeats the purpose.
     
  9. hayley3

    hayley3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will the chickens go in at dusk then all by themselves?
     
  10. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was still daylight when this happened, and the flock would have been free-ranging outside. We've seen hawks, and have lost 2 chix in 2 years due to them (saw it happen). It looks just like previous hawk attacks but there were never any extras missing. I know we have coons around, I just didn't think they'd be able to catch a free-ranging chicken. Whatever it is, I'm still hoping beyond hope the 3 missing show up in the morning!
     

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