Lesson learned....

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BFeathered, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. BFeathered

    BFeathered Songster

    Aug 29, 2008
    North Texas
    When sending daughter out to put up chickens, be specific.
    Close and check all the doors to coop/run. DD said the girls were up, I let dogs out. Big mistake to not check. We're down 2 very sweet BR babes. Not a mark on them, but I'd guess the dogs shook them like toys and, well... Now we're left with one lonely, confused 5wk old and a devastated daughter. Hubby wasn't too thrilled about playing undertaker, as he stated "I was starting to get fond of the featherheads". so lesson learned (still sucks![​IMG]) Now someone tell me if I can put new fuzzies in with 5 wk old, or keep them separate until fuzzies are feathered. I'm not givin' the little baby up for adoption, so I guess I'd better get her some companionship pronto. Anyone need a home for some "excess" babies who are of similar age?
  2. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    So sorry for your DD and lost chickies! Give her a hug from all of us :aww
  3. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Somerset, CA
    Aww, I'm so sorry for your losses! What a terrible experience for you and DD!
  4. BFeathered

    BFeathered Songster

    Aug 29, 2008
    North Texas
    Thanks for the hug.
  5. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I am so sorry for your losing those two little chicks. I'm sure your daughter is still feeling very miserable. Give her a [​IMG] for us and tell her that we all make mistakes, yup, even grownups!!

    I hope you can find a friend or two quickly for your remaining chick.

    I think putting fuzzy butts in with a 5 week old is asking for problems. You could always try it and stay real close for a day or so to see how things go. Just be ready to get them away if there are issues.
  6. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    I wish I was closer, I would give you one or two to keep her company. Missouri is a far throw from Texas though! [​IMG]
  7. heyeddah

    heyeddah Songster

    Sep 15, 2008
    Milford Ct
    I can relate to your story. I had four 6 week old chicks that my boys hatched from an incubator this summer. We put them in the garage before the coop was done and three of them were senselessly mauled by a raccoon. He just killed them and left them for me to find. My sons were so upset. We all blamed ourselves for not closing up tightly enough.
    Anyway... we went right out the next couple of days and got (3) 4-6 week old silkies from a farm near us. My six week old loner became a mom and is very protective of the rest of the bunch.
    The lone chick was happy, the baby silkies were happy, I was happy and most importantly my kids were happy. My husband and I nearly killed ourselves after that trying to get a coop and run built in two days!!!
    Sorry for your loss. I hope you have a happy ending like we did.
  8. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Sorry to hear of the era. Unfortunately its one of those lessons that will make her life valuable in the future, near or far. She now understands why you ask her to check things. Its a shame that anyone of us has to learn this lesson, but somewhere at sometime, we all get caught having to learn the lesson of closing doors and windows.
    Take care. [​IMG]
  9. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Aww.[​IMG] But these things happen with kids. As you said, you have to be specific. Live and learn.
    As far as keeping a five week old with babies, probably not at first, BUT you could put her in a cage or pen close to them so she gets used to them and then when they are bigger try it. Supervised of course. I think its workable with some time.

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