fiddlesticks-there goes the plan

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mrs. K, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    I really do not know why I even plan with chickens, they never follow it.

    Good grief, I was missing a bird 2 weeks ago, so they have been in lock down. Today, I am doing a clean bedding job, so I let them out, as I am right there, cleaning up old bedding. I go up to our barn and get some new waste hay, for fresh bedding and come back down. While cleaning out the coop, there were a lot of feathers, must be the juvenile molt I think.

    Then as I am adding bedding to the run, there is a huge pile of feathers... where is Chrome?:mad: The flock master? But I have bushes... I find him, still a bit warm, must be a coyote. Broad daylight, must have left him when I came back. What is a bit strange, the rest of the flock is not even upset.

    So the problem, the plan was to leave Chrome and one of the juvenile roosters with the flock with the idea that Chrome would be moved out in early winter. And the young boy would be ready. I was going to pull the other three roosters to the rooster pad. Which I have not done yet, as they have not bothered anyone with Chrome in the flock. So do I leave the one I have picked with the girls and pullets, or should I just have a hen flock for a while, and all the boys go to the bachelor pad?

    I liked the idea of the older girls and rooster schooling them in proper chicken society... but without Chrome, there will be a shift in pecking order... :barnie

    I have the bachelor pad set up, nothing in it yet.

    Mrs K
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    I would let the old biddies school the young cockrel. In the mean time, do you have things secure from further attack? So sorry. YOu've had a time of it.
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Yes, as long as they are in the set up, they should be fine. I have not let them out for weeks. Could not believe it with me right there, has to be coyote. Back in lock down.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Dang!! Sneaky batrastards!
    That's a shame.

    Will be interesting to see how it works out.
    I'd agree with leaving the young boys in the flock, see what happens.
    You're ready to remove all, or all but one, if they can't get along.
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Consider electrified poultry netting, or at least several strands of electric tape. Rotten sneaky bastards, for sure! Mary

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