Hello! New member in the coop!...and tragedies to deal with.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by heychick, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. heychick

    heychick New Egg

    Mar 7, 2013
    Hello, My boyfriend decided to get some chickens over a year ago. We purchased a house in southern california...in the suburbs.. it had a pretty big dog run with a nice size dog house. My boyfriend decided that he would turn that into a chicken coop. He didn't research and just went with it. Well....it went went well for the first year....we thought. We got our 3 chicks and raised them to good health. Both of us are city people...not farmers.Egg laying started...and life was great. Our 3 year old at the time loved getting the eggs from the "coop" and eating all of them. One morning....one of our hens..named after my son...was headless and torn apart. I lost it.....really lost it. I couldn't stop crying. (This is why i don't own any pets) My boyfriend cleaned up the mess...and we were confused. I started doing research and came to the conclusion that it was a raccoon. So...my boyfriend went out and bought some chicken wire(which now we've learned does not protect the hens)... and did a half *** job at patching up the fence. Then....he ordered 4 more chicks. Again...we raised them to good health...and put them in the coop. Now....I was losing sleep because I still didn't think that the coop was safe because there were still gaps in the fencing. BUT...my boyfriend was convinced that it wouldn't happen again! Well guess what? They came back and attacked 2 of my hens and one was fine...but the other one was almost dead. I LOST it....I had to leave the house because I was terrified. I was so mad at my boyfriend...and I felt that he wasn't being a responsible hen owner. We got in a huge fight...and after I calmed down from this traumatizing experience, I would come onto this website and find out more information about solutions to our chicken problems. Our hen that was practically dead.....actually survived after we nursed her back to health for 2 weeks. I'm a nurse and my boyfriend is a doctor....so we were able to care for her the best we could and now she is back with the rest of them. We can't believe it. She's the one on my avatar.
    So...now we are adding layers of the correct wire to our coop. It's pretty big...so it's taking us some time. It's about 80 percent done. Then.....last night, we picked up a raccoon trap from one of our friends...and guess what we found in it??? Not a raccoon.....a freaking possum!!!!
    I had no idea that both of these animals are trying to destroy our chickens.UGH!!!
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Everything loves the taste of chicken - lots of predators are great at climbing or jumping fences, so you really need some kind of top also. I can imagine how you feel, I would have been in a coma after seeing that. Welcome to the flock [​IMG]
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] I'm so sorry to hear about your loss [​IMG] I found one of my favourite hens once with her head ripped off... We got the beastie and all it's friends and family and I didn't rest until I got every predator on our farm. It's an unpleasant business. I hope the reenforced coop will keep your hens safe now!

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, heychick, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our flock! Sorry to hear about your predator problem! Hopefully with the coop modifications you made they will be safe now. Good luck to you!
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    I'm glad your hen is on the mend. I have a trap too and caught my own cat the other day silly cat.
  7. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. So sorry about your hen. Having a secure coop for night time is important because like drumstick diva said, everything has chicken on their mind. Good luck. :thumbsup
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey

    Good advice! Welcome to BYC.
  10. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2012
    SW Ohio
    Hello and welcome from Ohio....so glad you joined BYC

    Hope your coop is safe and sound now. Good luck

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