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It finally happened

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by peeboo, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. peeboo

    peeboo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i lost my first girl today. my buff silkie never showed up to the coop today. i've searched everywhere but it is dark and i found no signs of feathers or my girl. i'm thinking the worst. possible hawk? is it common to find no signs of a struggle?
     
  2. Solace

    Solace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't count her out yet. I've had them vanish for several days then show up. Any chance she could have gone broody?
     
  3. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it's possible a hawk or other predator got her, I had a BR disappear like that a couple of years ago. But it's also possible she could have a nest hidden somewhere and has gone broody. I understand they do that quite easily.
     
  4. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I've also had two vanish on me on separate occasions, only to find them roosting in a tree or under some brush for the night. Maybe you'll find her in the morning. [​IMG]
     
  5. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Quote:Yes and if a hawk did scoop her up you may not find any feathers laying about, they are quite broody she may just be playing possum, sorry bad medifore.

    AL
     
  6. davidb

    davidb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its possible ,most of the time you will find some sign,she could be just roosting some where else tonight
     
  7. chickenboy95

    chickenboy95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well ive has a white silkie hen go broody on me and not show up for 23 days and then she came out with 6 little chicks behind her. once i found her nest i was totally astonished. she was under the hotub we have fliped upside down.
     
  8. chasep

    chasep Out Of The Brooder

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    shes probably on eggs. its not common for a hawk or predator to get a hen without any signs left behind from it. i'm sure she'll show up
     
  9. peeboo

    peeboo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL you all are wonderful and prob. right on the money. can not find nest but little miss silkie was in run pacing back and forth waiting for me to let her buddies out this morning! oh boy! i've never seen her go broody before, but it just may be the case [​IMG] i'm such a lucky gal!
     
  10. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Yayyyyyyyyyy I'm glad that she showed back up for you!!!!
     

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