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I have a missing chick...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by lswatson111304, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. lswatson111304

    lswatson111304 Songster

    Sep 18, 2009
    Milano, TX
    Well, I got home this morning after leaving yesterday evening. Went out to tend to the flock and I had 1 chick missing. This is my first time having one go missing and there is no sign of distress anywhere. I had thought that it just got out of the run yesterday and is either lost and hiding, or the dogs got a hold of it. Well, after being outside for a bit, I thought I saw a hawk flying close by. I'm unsure if that is what happened, but if so I don't know what to do other than to sit outside all day with a shotgun.
    Do they snatch them up with no evidence left behind? I am going to put a few "shelters" in the run for them to hide under but really, like I said, I'm unsure what else there is to do.

  2. Mom2Five

    Mom2Five In the Brooder

    Nov 9, 2011
    Stuarts Draft, VA
    Mine free-range also and I have lost two to predators over the course of a year where I used to live. Never found out what had taken them. I found feathers once but there was NO evidence left behind when the other one was taken.
    Hawks can take them; cats and dogs get them; racoons . . . the list goes on . . .
  3. Josie360

    Josie360 Chirping

    May 13, 2011
    Central Texas
    This past spring, my missing chicks were due to snakes...maybe too cold for that right now though. [​IMG]
  4. lswatson111304

    lswatson111304 Songster

    Sep 18, 2009
    Milano, TX
    Quote:Hmmm well, I see you're close by and you know how the weather has been. I'm sure the snakes are as confused as we are. I sure hope that isn't the culprit though!
  5. Ravens can also have no evidence, overall Ive prolly lost like 30 chicks to a raven, no evidence besides missing chicks and a raven circling our yard
  6. Kaitie09

    Kaitie09 Songster

    May 28, 2009
    South Central, PA
    I actually had two ducks that became cannibalistic. They killed and ate 2, day old chicks and killed 2, 8 week old EE pullets. We thought the chicks got out and disappeared, until we found one of the ducks in the process of eating one of them in a corner. They now are happily re-homed at my uncle's house with his ducks (no chickens).
  7. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

    May 27, 2010
    Reno, Nevada
    I had a Broody moms chick disappear once. Turns out it found it's way into the neighbors yard and couldn't get back!

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