I think Brooke is gone

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by SemperChicken, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. SemperChicken

    SemperChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I'm just curious what others have experienced, but going outside this morning to check on the chickens and make sure they had food I noticed my Wyandotte wasn't walking behind me like she normally does with the others. I looked everywhere that I could possibly have thought she could be, but she wasn't anywhere in sight. Do chickens not drop feathers if they get swooped up by a hawk? There have been some flying around, but we've been at this house for a couple months... I guess my "lax" attitude about them free-ranging kind of caught up to me. I've heard stories about them going away to be broody, but I'm just not sure about that.

    Kind of sad, and it sucks being in the middle of moving and selling our first home (our new home is a mess since we've not had time to tend to it). We're planning on building a awesome coop and enclosed run when we sell the first home, but now I'm wondering if we need to hurry up with that decision.

    Their living area is in a shed that was included in the home we bought, and we let them free-range during the day. Just can't imagine that it's been 2 months since we've been here and there hasn't been an issue with any predators.

    Just sad that she may be gone... she was Harriet's best friend...
     
  2. So sorry SemperChicken! :hugs
     
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    It could have been about any predator. Sorry you have lost her.

    Occasionally a hen will go broody and disappear, only to turn up with chicks a few weeks later.
     
  4. SemperChicken

    SemperChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So this is a bit embarrassing, having posted this and then my wife sending me a pic text... Apparently she's out in the backyard now (I'm at work). I'm just confused as to where in the heck she was! I swear I looked everywhere.

    Can't wait to get their new home built so I can use the shed for what I want it for lol!

    Anyway, sorry for the scare...
     
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Could be she was off laying an egg somewhere...
     
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, you may want to search for a hidden nest.
     
  7. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    To solve this mystery you need a folding chair and a boring book to read. Watch this hen from a distance, the boring book helps you keep your attention on the hen. She will surely saunter off singing a hen song. Follow her at a discreet distance and she will lead you to her hidden or "stolen" nest.

    Hey, Easter is on the way, it is a good time to have an "old fashion Easter Egg Hunt"[​IMG]
     
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