I lost my beloved Buff Roo today..what got him?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Cluck4Me, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. Cluck4Me

    Cluck4Me Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone..yes, yes, I know it's been a long while...
    I always know where to turn for support - my pals at BYC!
    I looked out the window 2 hours ago and what did I see...my lifeless Roo. When I found him near the house (yes, my flock free ranges during the day), he was belly down and his head was turned to the side. The side of his head that was exposed was missing an eye and it looked as if something pecked at his face and comb.
    We live in the high desert - Riverside County, Ca. - so I see everything from hawks, crows, owls, etc. But in all honesty, I have only seen crows in our yard this last month..no hawks. I'm heartbroken as he was my sweetie for 4 1/2 years - I was able to pick him up, let my kids around him, etc...
    Any suggestions? I'm aware that some swear that crows won't attack full grown chickens...but our crows are enormous out here...so who knows???
    Thanks for listening,
    - Sandy [​IMG]

    p.s. - my four hens will now be living in the chicken run for quite some time!
     
  2. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

    Sep 11, 2007
    [​IMG] I'm so sorry.

    Is it possible he died of natural causes and the hens or crows pecked at him after?
     
  3. chickory

    chickory Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] i am right there with you. i lost my sweet hen last monday. im so sorry. i know it hurts. hang in there
     
  4. Cluck4Me

    Cluck4Me Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Hi Tracy [​IMG]
    I wish that were true...but there was a handfull or two of feathers around him..my guess from the attack.
    Thank you for your support!
     
  5. Cluck4Me

    Cluck4Me Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Chickory, NO! I am so so sorry for your loss.... [​IMG]

    - Sandy
     
  6. abluechipstock

    abluechipstock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i wonder if it was a hawk and something scared it off before it could really chow down, that's why only the head was picked, i lost my best mottled cochins to a hawk, you know i just thought of something, i used to have a ton of squirrels around here and now nothing, i bet the hawk got those also:(
     
  7. Cluck4Me

    Cluck4Me Out Of The Brooder

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    Just wanted to say thank you everybody. As you can imagine, this morning was so tough...no crow to wake us up. [​IMG]

    Here's a safety prayer out to everyone's flock... [​IMG]

    - Sandy
     
  8. silkieluver

    silkieluver Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry for your loss.

    I don't have any advice as to what happened, just wanted to say how sorry I am for you.
     

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