I'm missing a bird!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mylovelyladies, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. mylovelyladies

    mylovelyladies Out Of The Brooder

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    My beloved Barred Rock is missing! [​IMG] Tonight when I was putting my kids to bed it started to storm - high winds, heavy rain, thunder, lightening. When I went out to lock up the hens for the night I saw that the wind had blown the coop door shut. 3 out of 5 chickens had apparantly made it in before that happened, the 4th was nestled behind the coop and is now safely inside. But I can't find my BR anywhere in my yard. We're in a residential area so I'm thinking she may have spooked and flown over the fence?! I'm just sick about this - I want my girl home safe! I'm petrified that she's lost and we'll never know what happened to her or that something will get her tonight and a neighbour will have a chicken carcass in their yard in the morning. Dh has been out for an hour with a flashlight searching. Any tips on where I might find her or how I can lure her home? She's probably sitting tight at this point now that it's dark, right? Would she know to fly back over the fence?
     
  2. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    USA
    Check trees or anything high--also look under your deck, porch or bushes. We've had some go missing and found them all. It is scary--she probably just got spooked and is hiding out. Keep us posted!!!
     
  3. mylovelyladies

    mylovelyladies Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, wherever she spent the night is the great mystery of our time because she was in the backyard this morning when dh went out [​IMG]
     
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I've found my Leghorns 20 feet up a pine tree...danged things...
     
  5. flock-mama

    flock-mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used to have a few chickens that refused to go in the coop at night after free ranging all the time. I close each night so its my call if and when they get out. These few tried to out smart me by staying in the trees. LOL. I would get them down and put them in. It stopped after awhile.
    Yours probably found a nice safe spot during the storm. Poor baby, I am glad she is OK!
     
  6. ChixFlix

    ChixFlix Out Of The Brooder

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    The other day I was "free ranging" the hens - to give them a different view.

    At 9:00 am I went out to give them a tomato treat and all 10 were there.

    At 10:00 am I went out again, and one was gone. No feather piles, no blood, no carcass - just - GONE.

    Like UFOs couldn't find a cow to take, so they took the hen.

    I'm pretty upset - it's been 4 days now and no sign of her. No rotting body smell, either. Just GONE.

    I have NO idea where she could have disappeared to - I don't think the predators are out at that time and why no other hens missing? (That didn't sound right: I mean, thankfully, no other hens are missing.)

    Any ideas?
     
  7. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    so glad she came back!
     
  8. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    USA
    Quote:She could be nesting somewhere...I've heard many times how someone's hen goes missing only to find them somewhere broody on a nest! [​IMG] Good luck!!!
     
  9. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    USA
    Quote:YAY!!!! So glad you found her!!!! [​IMG]
     

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