Lost 8 chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by WickedChicksNH, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. WickedChicksNH

    WickedChicksNH Songster

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    It's been Awhile since I've been around. I had a rough few days in Oct I think it was
    In 4 days 8 of my chickens were killed
    I was heartbroken.
    My first loss was izzy my bantam white crested black polish. I opened the coop in the morning and there she was torn apart. With. Huge pile of poop.
    I thought I found out where the jerk got in so I fixed it.
    Next day my Luna my sweet cochin bantam and hazel my cuckoo maran
    Luna I've had for a few years and hazel was just old enough to start laying eggs about a month before

    I finally figured out how it got in the coop.
    I fortified it and all was good.

    2 days later the other half of the coop which is separate because they just were moved to outdoors a couple weeks before and still getting to know the others

    I walked in and my beautiful sweet josie my light brahma who thought I was her mom who followed me everywhere when she was still inside.
    And 3 of my 5 little bananas who were only a few months old. A mottled . Mille fleur d'uccle ..and Easter egger.

    I bawled my eyes out. My two survivors jinx my buff brahma bantam and Bob my mille fleur d'uccle.
    Jinx has a permanent eye injury and no longer can open it.
    I picked them up and just held them they were so traumatized.

    I brought them inside for the night

    I said that's enough. I bought a trap and next morning there the flipping jerk was big old raccoon. Trust me my first thought was not to be kind .. but no matter how much I was upset i did the right thing and released him 10+ miles away

    I found the last remaining gap in the coop and fixed it and its been fine since

    My other two I lost was in a different coop one i have used until this past fall and the raccoon got in and took them
    They were were actually 2 babies from my luna.
    But like all my other chickens recently I hatched them and raised them in my home office for months until they could go outside

    I have 7 survivors my 4 ducks who share the coop. My oldest hen sally.. she's a NH red and was my very first chicken ever.
    And jinx and Bob who did his first real crow today he is the sweetest guy.

    The coop they raccoon got is was a wood shed I just converted this fall I thought I had it all safe.

    I honestly have been so sad about it. They brought me so much happiness

    Here are my survivors 20181224_151556.jpg 20181224_151603.jpg 20181224_151547.jpg
     
  2. KLIL

    KLIL Crossing the Road

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    Im so sorry for your losses. Your survivors are absolutely beautiful.
    You did all you could do love.
     
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  3. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Crowing

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    Don't take this the wrong way but, that's actually the worst thing you could have done for the raccoon and possibly giving your problem to someone else. If you trap it, kill it instead, it's most likely not going to end well anyway for the raccoon.
    https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/scrap-trap-when-evicting-wildlife
     
  4. ejtrout31

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    Sorry for your loss recons are a pain
     
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  5. cinalee

    cinalee Chirping

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    So sorry for your losses. My first introduction to having chickens were 3 beautiful banty pullets - and then there were the racoons. Didn`t even know we had racoons so close. Built a better coop and got 5 gorgeous pullets in Aug 2018. Always worried, checking, and hoping for the best. They bring so much happiness to me. Love having the eggs. Will do the best I can; and sometimes that is all you can do. Hugs and wishing all the best for you and yours.
     
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  6. I am so terribly sorry, it must have been a nightmare for you. :hugs
     
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  7. WickedChicksNH

    WickedChicksNH Songster

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    Thank you all.


    We released the raccoon in the woods off a ATV trail no houses around
     
  8. DoeAndGander

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    So sorry for your loss! I couldn’t imagine. Do you mind me asking how big the hole was they got into?
     
  9. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Enabler

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    I agree 100%. Here relocation is illegal for many reasons.

    The coon is in someone else's space now, human's or other critters, has no idea where food shelter or water are and is trespassing so likely to be attacked by the residents.

    While I am sorry for your losses I am also sorry for the coon.
     
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  10. DoeAndGander

    DoeAndGander Songster

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    I’m sorry but she clearly did not know she was doing something wrong. It’s one thing to educate somebody on trap and release but another thing to make somebody feel like crap when they clearly thought they were doing the right thing. And I mean that in the nicest way possible.
     

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