TMike

In the Brooder
8 Years
Jun 19, 2011
10
0
22
Hello all,

Well, this morning awoke to discover that we lost our six-month-old Buff Orpington, Bea. She'd gone broody and we had her in a raised cage that proved to be no match for a raccoon. She will be missed. Not only had she just become a great layer (before going broody), but she was friendly and seemed to really enjoy being around us. I feel awful for having left her so vulnerable to predators, but I've learned my lesson. Time to procure a stronger "chicken jail" cage.

I'm sure the raccoon will return tonight. Thankfully, our run and coop are built like Fort Knox. So our remaining four hens (two Barred Rocks, an Australorp and a Golden Laced Polish) will be safe. I just hope that when the raccoon discovers this, s/he spreads the word to other predators in the area.

Sad day. Good-bye, Bea.

Mike
 

RGBistro

Chirping
8 Years
Jun 17, 2011
140
14
89
Orange County, CA
So sorry about Bea.


We lost two of ours a couple of weeks ago too; a raccoon slinked into a 4" hole and got them. We learned our lesson - what we thought was Fort Knox was reinforced the same day.
 

turtlebird

Songster
10 Years
Dec 11, 2009
508
32
176
oh, that is sooo sad

I am sorry you lost your BO, they are just bea-utiful birds.

phooey, bad bad coon.
 

NHchicks

Songster
9 Years
May 13, 2010
538
5
141
Oh! And she was broody!

That is so NOT FAIR.

I really hate the food chain. Poor little Bea. Just doing her job. waaaaaa. I love buff orps. Fat little sweethearts.

edit: I'd think about trapping that critter.
 
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luvinrunnin

Songster
8 Years
May 12, 2011
622
4
119
I'm so sorry. Stinks for sure.
I lost a little cockerel today too, but not to a predator. STill sad. He was a ncie boy.
 

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