Lost all of my chickens in 2 weeks

Katoliczka

Chirping
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Well over a two week period i lost ALL 8 of my chickens. 6 pullets and 2 roosters. I got them around the end of March from Atwoods and they were doing great. Just waiting for the first egg to be laid. They disappeared 1or 2 at a time. I never found bodies or feathers so I’m not sure what happened. I live in a forested area and they were free ranged for about a month before they began disappearing. Of course now I’m making a run for them so they won’t go missing again. The rooster had just begun practicing his crowing. So sad!
so i went Atwoods and got 7 pullets 4 tiny black strait run and 4 guineas. Two of the guineas died the first 24 hours; but my heat lamp had burned out on the first night 😡. So we went back to Atwoods and bought 2 more guineas to replace those. Two more died within 24 hours. I think the bigger chicken were either stepping on DAB225CF-AF80-467C-9B5A-8131C2D625C1.jpeg 362A5536-5681-48D2-A1E3-DB91B997CE27.png them or they were bullying them. Dang it. So we cut our losses and are starting over with these 13 fowls. Back to the brooder. They should be old enough to go outside in the coop before the temps turn cold here Hope you are having better luck than me! We’re hanging in there waiting for some great chickens!!
 

Katoliczka

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So sorry for your losses. I hope your new flock grows healthy and happy. Just wanted to mention that newspaper isn't a good flooring. It's very slippery for their little feet. I use paper towels in the brooder.
thank you. I used cedar shaving last time and what a mess they made. I was thinking maybe newspaper might be less messy. Lol. Ill change it out!
 

CluckerFamily

Crossing the Road
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Feb 14, 2016
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I'm so sorry!
A run is a good idea. The woods provide great shelter for predators and a run allows you to keep the flock secure when you aren't home. There is a farmer near by that has an enormous coop with no run, they just free range. He does lose some once in a while, he is out in the open and not up close to the woods.
 

Studabird

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I lost my flock in April due to a demon dog. I feel for you. I do not free range my chickens due to bobcats and coyotes and feral dogs or dogs that just go dropped off in my area. If you think having a run is cruel or they will feel cramped know this. Yesterday while I was repairing my run for my chickens. One got out; I did not realize it at first and finished the repairs then went inside. An hour later I went out to check on them and make sure the new tarp on the run was secure and everything was okay. My little pullet saw me walking off the back porch and came running to me so she could join the rest of the flock. As long as the run is large enough. 10 square feet per chicken they will be happy and never long to free range. Free range is a human term that has too much weight placed on it. Chickens don't care they want their flock and want to feel safe.
 
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