flock killed by predator one hen left

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by marine43, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. marine43

    marine43 Out Of The Brooder

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    Last night predator got in coop. Apparently the chickens unplugged the automatic door when on roost.Killed all but one. I have a large flock of barred rocks with 2 roosters. Should I even attempt to put single older buckeye hen in with them? Was going to try putting her in pen inside coop . Was almost ready to dispatch her, but had to kill my favorite rooster, he fought a good fight and found him hiding in corner of the coop this morning I assumed he was dead but kicked a little when I picked him up. Broke my heart. Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    Ugh! I have been there, and it is sickening. Recently I had coons.

    I am understanding that you have two flocks? Fix the set up, and put one or two birds in with the buckeye. Wait a week, then add the 3 back into the flock.

    Good luck, I am awaiting chicks now.

    Mrs K
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2016
  3. marine43

    marine43 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much. That sounds like a good idea. She is hanging around outside their pen now. They seem to not mind her. I was going to put her in pen and place in their coop tonight just to see what happens. Birds are pretty young yet. We have coons and I have heard there is a pine marten up in woods.Sorry for your loss as well. Will try your idea tomorrow ! Thanks again .
     

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