I'm sooooo upset!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by newchickowner, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. newchickowner

    newchickowner Songster

    Aug 19, 2007
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    I have had a rough time with a predator. As I'm typing this I am helpless and hopeless 1,200 miles away from home, while my poor chickens get eradicated! About a week before I left to go on vacation, I found a small, blonde dog in my yard harrassing a chicken. I ran the dog off and my poor hen was so exhausted she couldn't run from the dog anymore. The dog didn't leave any marks, but pulled out many feathers. I moved her to my utility room indoors so she wouldn't die from heat stroke, and once she was calm and stopped panting, I let her back out with the others. Then I did a head count and found my favorite hen under my shed, dead! I was so upset. The dog was a stray, and my b/f took care of that problem. Then I leave for vacation. My b/f is coming behind me by two weeks, then is planning on being out here for another two weeks, then we're all driving back together. Well two days after I arrive at my parents house, he calls me and tells me that he found a dead hen just outside the coop. He said she didn't have a mark on her, but there were feathers all over the front yard that led him to her in the back yard. Since the pest dog (the only one we knew of) was taken care of, we couldn't figure out for the life of us what could have done this. It couldn't be a predator because you would think it would eat it on the spot or at least carry it off! My b/f works changing shifts and just started night shift this week and said he had left the front gate open but would make sure to close it from now on in case another dog was getting in. I asked him to please do a head count and make sure no other hens were missing.

    well, I don't think he ever did until four days later, when he just called me 10 minutes ago and said he can only find 6 of my 19 birds!!!!!!!!! Feathers are everywhere, and he found a wing in the front yard!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!! I'm soooooo upset!!!! My poor hens and my last roo!!!!

    what's worse, I called my girlfriend who only lives 5 acres away and asked if she's seen anything, she and her husband said that they heard a loud ruckuss coming from my homes direction that sounded like dogs fighting in the middle of the night about 5 days ago but they couldn't tell if it was my house or my neighbor on the other side of me!!!

    Now that the tears are starting to dry up I'm starting to get very angry!!! I really don't want to be mad at my b/f because he works all the time and just can't be there to keep a watch 24/7 like I can when I'm home! And now I'm 1,200 miles away and can't be there to protect what's left of my traumatized flock!!!

    I feel so helpless! And I'm afraid I won't have any birds left by the time I can get home! [​IMG]
  2. go-veggie

    go-veggie Flew the Coop

    Oh, how sad. I wish I could help. All I can tell you is that I am praying for your birds. Best wishes.
  3. missourichickenmama

    missourichickenmama SURPRISE!

    Jul 17, 2008
    I am so sorry it happend to you.oops. guss I was a little late.
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  4. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    Do you have your chickens just loose in the field? [​IMG]

    They are not safely enclosed?

    I am so sorry that some animals came around and got them. Might be time to make them houses when you get back. Best wishes.
  5. Lostdog

    Lostdog In the Brooder

    Jun 26, 2008
    [​IMG] I'm so sorry to hear about your birds.
  6. the4heathernsmom

    the4heathernsmom Songster

    Jul 1, 2008
    east texas
    I am sorry !!!![​IMG]
  7. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    My condolences on your losses...
  8. newchickowner

    newchickowner Songster

    Aug 19, 2007
    Thanks guys.

    Yes, they have a coop that can be locked completely up at night, that is in a chain link run with 8 ft. high fencing that can be locked up and night, and the front one acre of land that the coop and my house is on is fenced with no climb horse wire and electric around the bottom that keeps things out at night should have kept them all safe. But when you're 1,200 miles away from home expecting your b/f to do all that for you and he leaves all the doors and gates open, there's just nothing I can do.

    He's really upset that he allowed this to happen to them and that it made me so upset. So don't be too hard on him. Unfortunately all I can do is hope he learned his lesson about taking better responsibility for my loved pets when I'm away from home. I can also say that he's taking really good care of my remaining 6 hens and is frequently reporting on how they are doing.

    Thanks for the kind words, I knew my chicken lovin' friends on here would understand!
  9. go-veggie

    go-veggie Flew the Coop

    Quote:You sound so much better and hopeful about everything. I am so happy to hear that. This experience, although horrifying, may have happened for a reason. If anything good comes out of this, well, like your b/f taking great care of your remaining hens and really understanding your feelings now, it can help you deal with the grief and heal quicker...just knowing there was some kind of purpose in the tragedy. Best wishes to you always.......[​IMG]

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