Fowled Up Beyond All Recognition!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Win, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. Win

    Win In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2007
    Waterloo, SC
    [​IMG] I am a bit stressed right now...

    Yesterday afternoon and throughout much of the night we suffered through a series of thunderstorms. I closed up our chicken coop except for the chicken door.

    The birds would stay inside during the storms but would come out into their open topped run after the worst past. This morning about 9am my wife went to feed the birds and found most of them dead in the run! She also spooked up a red-tail hawk feasting upon the carcasses.

    I was at work so she called my father to help. It seems that late in the evening the birds came out to take advantage of a calm in between storms. Lightning must have struck the ground near by.

    14 birds were killed instantly. 2 birds were wounded enough they couldn't walk. That has left us with 6 females and 3 males (all about 18 weeks).

    The hawk who has never bothered our birds before could not resist the easy meal. He shredded some of the dead birds and attacked and wounded the lame birds.

    When I got home I butchered and processed the injured birds. My father disposed of the other carcasses. The run is full of loose feathers and the hawk is hanging about nearby. The uninjured birds will not leave the coop (I don't blame them).

    What joy. I have been praying for rain for weeks to save our garden and when it gets here 2/3 of my flock is wiped out.

    Oh well. I will just start over I guess. Is there anybody near me (Laurens, SC) who has some started pullets they might sell. I was counting on having fresh eggs by August and I really don't want to start with day-old chicks.

    OK i feel less stressed... better now. Thanks for your time! [​IMG]
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana

    I'm so sorry this has happened. I've never heard of chickens getting killed by lightening, but obviously it happens. You might want to put up some wire or netting over your run before you get more pullets. Now that the hawk has found an easy meal he'll be back.
  3. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    not only should you put a roof over the run, but you should close the coop door at night as well.

    sorry for your loss.
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Oh how AWFULL!!! Im so sorry. What a terrible thing to happen. We TOO are hopeing for rain...guess I better learn from your mistake, and lock em in tight IF we get any rain. Mine have free roam to thier pen at night. I am so sorry for your loss.
  5. Win

    Win In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2007
    Waterloo, SC
    Well a roof on the run is cost prohibitive right now. The birds aren't out at night. They must've got zapped right at sundown.

    Even my best roo (my avatar) was killed. [​IMG]
  6. Kerr

    Kerr Songster

    Jun 5, 2007
    Oh I am so sorry [​IMG]

    Thats horrible I seriously have tears in my eyes

    I have 5 rotten chicken hawks that do
    fly-bys every afternoon
    I hope chickens can't get zapped by lightning
    mine are freaks and like rain storms

  7. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    [​IMG] Oh, how tragic and sad!! [​IMG] I am so very sorry for your loss. :aww
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Wow...that is an unusual accident...sorry for your losses.
  9. Susanv47

    Susanv47 In the Brooder

    Mar 7, 2014
    How terrible. so sorry for your loss.

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