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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mturner007, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. mturner007

    mturner007 Out Of The Brooder

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    my father-in-law was caring for 12 guineas ,8 rhode island reds, 1 amber link and 1 turkey all around 3 weeks old.They were on the ground in a cage with no bottom. He saw them last night and this morning they were gone. No evidence of a struggle. No blood no feathers no babies. NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anybody have any suggestions. He is in a private farm area with forest behind him.
     
  2. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they were unable to get out the bottom of the cage, check all the neighbors. And there you will find the birds.
     
  3. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    could it have been a person. is there any tracks that can be seen . A real mystery. hopefully someone whose had same problem comes along soon.
     
  4. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    3 weeks on the ground...? What does he use for heat source?
     
  5. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Quote:I'm not sure what this has to do with OP topic but I've had some outside since they were 3 weeks old without a light! Doesn't hurt them when it's almost 100 during the day and in the 80's at night!!

    When I read this I thought the same thing, has to be the 2 legged variety predator!! Especially since there is no sign of anything else!
    Hope you find them!!

    Missi
     
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  6. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm not sure what this has to do with OP topic but I've had some outside since they were 3 weeks old without a light! Doesn't hurt them when it's almost 100 during the day and in the 80's at night!!



    Missi

    don't know about the temp around your way... but where I am, if one of my neighbour left their 3 weeks old outside at night, I would've knock on their door or keep them overnight until it's daylight again.
     
  7. SeaHen

    SeaHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Was the cage still in the same place and was the door to it open or closed? When you say it had no bottom, do you mean no tray or no wire enclosing the bottom? Based on the information you gave I would guess the culprit is human too!
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Anything could have taken them. A raccoon could have flipped over the cage, they ran and were caught in a different location. A bottomless cage left out is not secure against anything, in my opinion.
     
  9. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

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  10. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Well, i fhe cage is in the same place and position as when the birds were last seen, but empty, then human. If moved or turned over, probably some animal.
     

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