Is there any hope?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by NuthatchKnollChickens, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. NuthatchKnollChickens

    NuthatchKnollChickens In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2008
    Ithaca, NY
    Yesterday our neighbor's dog lit out after our chickens and apparently he caught up with Martha White, one of our Speckeled Sussex. We found some feathers in three places - they look like primarily tail and under-carriage feathers, like he got her in the back-end - but we could not find her body anywhere despite looking for hours. We didn't find any blood on the feathers or anywhere else. This happened in the evening and we finally had to close up the coop to keep the other birds safe for the night. We were kind of hoping Martha White might be in hiding somewhere and would show up this morning when the roosters started crowing, but we've seen no sign of her. What do you think? Is there any hope she's still out there somewhere alive, or do you think she's a gonner and we just can't find the body? This is very sad for us, and our neighbor feels just awful.
  2. roosters97

    roosters97 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    I'm so sorry [​IMG] ,yes I think myself theres hope [​IMG]
  3. Carolyn

    Carolyn Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    Keep looking but I am afraid you will find her dead or just a pile of feathers. The fact you found feathers 3 different places doesn't sound good.
    Years ago we kept loosing chickens. Sometimes a few feathers, usually nothing. We had a new dog who totally ignored the chickens or so we thought. We caught her chasing them only when she thought we were not looking.
    We later found the feathers and few remains far away from the yard where she caught them.
  4. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Sometimes it takes a day ot two for them to come out. She may have suffered shock. If she found a quiet place to hide, she may yet come out.

    Maybe the neighbor can help you look, and hopefully the dog will be better cared for in the future and kept out of your yard.
  5. carwinew

    carwinew In the Brooder

    Mar 24, 2008
    There is room for hope.
    Couple years ago, we were on vacation and a neighbor was taking care of the animals for us. Another neighbor's pit bull mix followed her and chased the chickens all over our property before she saw the dog, caught it and took it home. It did kill some (which is another story) but after she called and told us how many she counted that were left the count kept increasing over the next 3 days as chickens came out of hiding. Note that the chickens are normally put up at night due to predators but some managed to hide out at night and return during the day.
    Hopefully you have a smart chicken too.
  6. NuthatchKnollChickens

    NuthatchKnollChickens In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2008
    Ithaca, NY
    Thanks for the responses. We'll keep the faith! There are certainly plenty of places a chicken could hide around here (our 7 acre property backs up onto about 45 acres of woods). On the other hand, there are also a lot of raccoons, coyotes, hawks, owls, weasals... etc. [​IMG] Maybe Martha White will turn out to be a wiley one and escape all the dangers.
  7. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I wouldn't give up hope just yet...
    Sorry that she got chased though...
  8. NuthatchKnollChickens

    NuthatchKnollChickens In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2008
    Ithaca, NY
    Eureka! Martha White has returned! She's missing a lot of feathers on the back-end but she seems otherwise fine! Thought you would like to know this story had a happy ending. [​IMG]
  9. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
  10. erinm

    erinm Posting For A change

    Feb 24, 2007
    Central Massachusetts
    yaaaaaaay! I know the feeling. Neighbor dog killed four of mine last year and we had to find the rest and wait for some to return! heartbreaking! ErinM

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