Heartbroken and hard lessons learned

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hinkjc, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    I'm sharing this story, hoping this will help others when considering when to introduce youngsters with adults and also securing coops to ensure the little ones can't slip through to older birds.

    I just lost a beautiful 9 week old double tufted lavender araucana pullet. I found her almost lifeless body inside my adult araucana pen. She was beaten upon her head so bad, it was full of blood, swollen and no flesh left on it. This is what the adults did to her after she accidentally slipped into their pen.

    I found how she gained access. She slipped through a small gap in the rear of the pen, where the runs are side by side, but do not attach to the house completely. I remember filling those gaps before (with rocks and such), but don't recall if this one was filled or how it was overlooked.

    I saw about an 8 inch circle where they must have pounced on her as soon as she entered and started their torture of this poor little pullet. She somehow made it inside the coop (their coop) and had no escape. This is where I found her, bloody, beaten, cold to touch and almost dead. We decided to put her down to end her suffering. [​IMG]

    I can only hope at least one person learns from my very sad experience and considers this potential occurence if you put your youngsters in an adult coop too soon. Also, make sure the gaps are all closed so they cannot gain access by accident. I completely blame myself for what happened to that poor little pullet and I know I have learned from it. Hard lesson to learn and always too late.
  2. newchik715

    newchik715 Songster

    Aug 31, 2009
    Ia m so sorry you had to learn the lesson this way but thank you for sharing.
  3. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    Oh no. How sad. I miss her even though I never got to meet her. *sob*
  4. thewarriorchild

    thewarriorchild Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Ringwood area, NJ
    Accidents happen and it stinks [​IMG]
  5. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    [​IMG] I am so sorry for your loss.
  6. JewellFarm

    JewellFarm Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Lebanon, Virginia
    Oh how sad. It was an accident, don't blame yourself. [​IMG]
  7. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    oh, so sorry, Jody, it was an accident and you have corrected the problem, that is all anyone can do. [​IMG]
  8. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    Oh - I'm so sorry for you and the little one.

    I thank you for sharing this as I just ordered the MPC Pullet Rainbow Special to be shipped 9/21/09.

    I'll be sure to remember your story when the time comes to introduce the little ones in with the big girls.
  9. Beau coop

    Beau coop Songster

    May 19, 2008
    Oh no! [​IMG]
  10. AK Michelle

    AK Michelle Bad Girl of the North

    Mar 17, 2009
    Palmer, Alaska

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