Favorite hen lost to bobcat.....

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by DDRanch, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2008
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    Oh my sweet Mary Grace. By the time I heard the girls squawking, the bobcat had grabbed one and ran over our fields. I ran out of my house, up the hill, over the fence and pursued for about an acre yelling the whole time. The bobcat let her go and took off over a hill. My beautiful Mary Grace died in my arms.

    I realize one of the downsides to free-range is an opportunity for predators. I let them free range when I am home, but being home didn't matter this time. I am very sad, she was a sweet, sweet hen. A silver laced wyandotte. The others are traumatized of course but I got them all in early tonight and will restrict their movements for awhile.

    Thanks for listening.
     
  2. ellie32526

    ellie32526 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my sweet dachshund last Thanksgiving when he ran into a field barking at some cows and one stepped on him and broke his back. I could not get to him because of the other cows and I also had other dogs with me. I finally flagged down a policeman who went into the field and retrieved the dead body of my sweet baby. I cried like a little girl for hours. It was a terrible loss to me. He is buried in my pet cemetery behind my house.
     
  3. chickortreat

    chickortreat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Time to hunt that bobcat! Good luck!
     
  4. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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  5. phieaglefan

    phieaglefan Out Of The Brooder

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    I am so sorry for your loss. I hate to be indelicate, but I would like to ask a question as we recently spotted a bobcat on our property and I too, free range my flock. What time of day did this happen? I guess I was under the impression that bobcats mainly hunted at dusk, but it doesn't sound like that was the case.

    Again, I am truly sorry.

    Heidi
     
  6. Stumpy

    Stumpy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so sorry. [​IMG]
     
  7. chickortreat

    chickortreat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen bobcats at different times of day, not only at dusk. I had a litter of kittens cross the field under my deer stand one morning several years ago. I killed one a couple of hours before dark a couple of years after that. Two years ago, I killed one in the road about 400yards from my house at about 2:30 PM. It likely depends on the area you live in as to their habits.
     
  8. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    they will hunt any time of the day or night. Bobcats also dont mind water. The ones here will wade right through a marsh or cross a canal.
     
  9. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    i'm so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
     
  10. DaphneNL

    DaphneNL Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's so sad! I'm so sorry for your loss. Hope your other girls are doing fine.
     

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