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Lost chicks from under a hen last night

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by LocoPollo, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Songster

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    I went to check on my broody hen today who as of yesterday had 4 chicks hatched. To my dismay, the chicks were all gone today. I did notice some blood on the side of the nest box. I don't know if it was a rat or a snake or what, but something took the babies right out from under the mama hen. Disappointing! [​IMG]
     

  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, darn, I'm sorry, Randy. [​IMG]
     
  3. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    How awful! Try and trap or spot or whatever and BBQ the sucker!
     
  4. lovemychix

    lovemychix Songster

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    That's just depressing. Hate to hear that! [​IMG]
     
  5. Sebrightmom

    Sebrightmom Songster

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    I had the samething happen years ago. I put a live trap out. I caught a rat and a skunk. Good Luck finding the one that did it.
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I hope you find who did it. I keep my babied in a wire brooder 1"x1/2" wire, but I don't have any broody hens. Rats and snakes can't get in. I keep them in their until they are about 4 months old then they are big enough for the coop. I have a tractor run made of 1/2"x1/2" wire, that I attach to the brooder. I keep their feed and water in the brooder.
     
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    That's sad. Things always happen when you least suspect it. And hindsight is 20/20. I would cry my eyes out. But you know it happens to just about everyone.
     

  8. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    Awww, I'm so sorry for the loss! Definately set out traps, it could be a snake, rat, possum, raccoon, or something else. At least it left the hen alone, does she have any injuries? I've had things eat chicks and not bother the hen unless she was trying to fight it off.
     
  9. columbiacritter

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    My money's on a rat.
     

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