Every single one of my hens slaughtered :(

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by erinlee, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. erinlee

    erinlee Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 11, 2010
    Baldwin MI
    I am devistated. Every single one of my hens were slaughtered by some predator last night that got into their coop. I feel so horrible.

    I am posting this so others can learn from my mistake. They were in the type of coop with a run underneath it. I had boards that were buried in the ground around 6" down around the perimeter which I thought would deter digging in. I was wrong.

    All of my beautiful hens are dead. Luckily I still have the pullets that I just hatched out earlier this summer as they were in a seperate coop. But all of my lovely ladies that were so tame and ran to me for treats whenever I went outside are gone. I'm a horrible chicken mom.

    It was a small predator, the hole under the coop is only a few inches high. It got in and killed them all, didn't eat them. I'm not sure what it was.

    Please learn from this and don't let it happen to you [​IMG] I can't stop crying I feel so bad.
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    OH goodness! I am so sorry! Maybe it was a weasel........Makes me realize I need to look over my own coop and run.......

    Soooo sorry for your losses!

  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    A few inches as in maybe 2 inches round could be a weasel, but a few inches as in a 3 inch hole that is like 8 inches wide could easily be a coon. Dang coons can squeeze through some of the smallest places and will tear birds to pieces.
  4. mkcolls

    mkcolls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2011
    So sorry for your loss. [​IMG]

    It seems that no matter what we do if a predator wants in they will keep trying.

    Thank you for the reminder to stay vigilant when it comes to coop safety. When nothing has happened for awhile it is easy to think it won't ever. Last week we had an old farmer warn us about changing seasons and how tenacious predators can be.
  5. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2011
    Indiana, PA
    So sorry Erin, what a horrible loss for you! Sounds like you will be doing some reinforcing of that coop/run, sorry you had to learn the hard way. [​IMG]
  6. erinlee

    erinlee Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 11, 2010
    Baldwin MI
    I haven't been back out to inspect since finding the carniage this morning, my dear husband cleaned up the mess as I couldn't bear to do it. The hole was only a couple (2-3") high from what I could tell but it very well could have been 6-8" wide. I'll have to gather my strength to go out again and take a look at the hole closer. I was so devistated seeing the bodies and blood everywhere I didn't look that close. [​IMG]
  7. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
    [​IMG] Oh I am so sorry for your loss. It is terrible. You are not a bad chicken mom. As awful as it is it happens. I have had it happen to me. As many of us unfortunately have. All we can do is our best. Please don't be hard on yourself. Sending you [​IMG]
  8. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 10, 2010

    Your not a bad chicken mom! You did what you could do to protect them.
    Those predaters are just so dang determined to get a meal, it obviously had to work hard to get in there.

    Just remember, you gave them a good life!
    Sounds like they were happy chickens. [​IMG]
  9. LizaBlue

    LizaBlue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2010
    Wee Acres
    oh, erinlee, I am so sorry! it's hard to imagine that a predator would be that determined - 6 inches, you had every reason to believe your babies were safe. big hugs to you, and to your hubby for taking care of the remains. it's bad enough to lose a chicken, but such wasteful, senseless slaughter...

    it won't help those babies, but on facebook, Fresh Eggs Daily tried that Night Eyes product and saw proof the first day that it repelled animals from her coop.
  10. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan

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