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Just had our first loss...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ninabeast, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. ninabeast

    ninabeast Songster

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    Went out to check on our free-ranging girls and found myself a Buff Orpington short at the count. Across the lawn, there was a massive trail of blond feathers leading into the forest. We knew this was a honeymoon period, we knew it was just a matter of time before the predators found us, and we knew we have red fox in the area. It was such a lovely honeymoon while it lasted, but the rules have abruptly changed.

    And she just sang her first egg song last Friday.

    RIP, Angelina. I was looking forward to your eggs...
     

  2. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Poor baby. And poor you.
     
  3. jenni22776rn

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    [​IMG] I am so sorry..hate the predator game of wait and strike!
     
  4. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

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    Sorry for your loss. Set those traps 24/7.Need a extra large one for those daytime predators.
     
  5. CoolSpring

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    Sorry to hear about that!
     
  6. spacecowgirl

    spacecowgirl Songster

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    So sorry!!! [​IMG]
     
  7. terrilhb

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    [​IMG] Oh I am so sorry. It is so hard to deal with such loss. Sending you hugs. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

  8. ladyride

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    I am so sorry for your loss [​IMG] [​IMG] man it hurts when you raise them up & loose them . I lost 7 just 3 days ago . [​IMG] Will be sending good thoughts to you.
     
  9. ninabeast

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    You are all so kind. My chickens are not really pets for me, per se, but also more than livestock. I am sad not so much because I lost a chicken; I knew that was the price of admission. I am sad because I know their free-ranging life as we have known it is over, and I have enjoyed it as much as they have. I have had such joy from watching them cavort, and sleep under the pick-up truck.
     
  10. yinzerchick

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    [​IMG] I'm so sorry about your hen!! I lost my rooster, Mick 2 weeks ago today. [​IMG] That ended my honeymoon period too, now it's all about trying to keep them safe, but yet let them free range like I wanted to. I have turned into a LGD myself! darn predators![​IMG]
     

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