Lost My Big Boy-Can't take it anymore

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BabyGirls, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. BabyGirls

    BabyGirls In the Brooder

    May 24, 2007
    Concord, NC
    Everyone, You really have made the biggest difference in my life and I don't know any of you personally-thanks for all your kind words during my last loss. I was really touched.

    As some of you may /may not remember I lost 4 of my girls over a month ago to predators. We killed a fox, raccoon and a possum and then had peace and quiet. My full grown mature "wild" male turkey was killed. I woke up Saturday and called him, which he is either right near the girls coop all flared up or right near our door but he always gobbles to answer me but heard nothing even after several attempts. I thought he may be chasing the other wild female that has been coming around (even though his longtime girlfriend-our female turkey is there) so I went looking for him. I found on the backside of our hillside (where he roosts on the ground since the girls were attacked he moved there). There were feathers everywhere, drag mark on the hillside and feathers all over the bottom of the hill. No blood at all though and no sign of being dragged anywhere else? I don't even know if he was deep in the woods suffering and couldn't call to me. I'm just devasted! I've cried for days.

    No other signs of anything else around the coop at all? Just really strange no signs of him being taken away, no foot tracks and was a very large bird to swoop up.

    He was the sweetest ever, I just loved him. My heart can't take anymore of the killings. I am almost tempted to just give the rest of my nine girls away as my heart just can't take it anymore. It's like having your children taken (for me it is as they are my only babies). I'm just broken hearted.
    Sorry for the long post just very upset! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2007
  2. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    I'm so sorry for your loss. Please don't give up on the others. Loss, though hard, is a part of life - not an easy part of life but a part of life nonetheless. Enjoy the ones you have and maybe in time add some more. New babies will help take your mind off the ones you've lost. You might want to look at making their quarters more predator proof (I have no idea what kind of set up you have) because it sounds like you have a lot of predators.
  3. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I'm sorry. :aww
  4. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

    Mar 7, 2007
    Mount Airy, NC
    Sorry for your loss...I have a big, mean, protective rooster in Mount Airy, if you would like to replace him. Send me an email if interested.
  5. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    I'm so sorry to hear of your losses. I hope you hang in there for the others that depend on you. Things have to get better!
  6. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    Please don't give up. There are too many people out there that don't care for their critters. People who do care make a difference!
    I agree with Ruth; It's time to look around and see if you can make your flocks more secure.
  7. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Nothing's more heartbreaking than losing a featherbaby...Especially when you what if yourself sick...I've done that. On this exact day in 2003, I lost my first bird. I had raised Tom from a chick and she would sing and trill and hum. I opened the back door and I saw that my rabbit hutch looked "wrong" somehow...I went out and I saw Jerry huddled by the back steps crying. I screamed Tom and looked all over the place. I found what was left of her on the other side of the bulkhead, no head, ripped open and tooth marks on her breast meat.
    What if I had put the bottom pan back in?
    What if I hadn't taken out the trash?
    What if I had moved the trash onto the other side of the fence?
    Would a raccoon have gotten her?
    It doesn't really do you any good and you make yourself sick over it.
    Give yourself a big hug from me, stop beating yourself up, and give heaps of lovins to the rest of your flock.
    Then start looking to see how you can reinforce your pens.
  8. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I am sooo very sorry for you loss. Jeesh, its so hard to lose them. I have been going through the same...had 8 ducks, now 1. These I hatched in the bator because Momo, the momma was taken from her nest. Go give those girls some treats...and love em good! They need you...and sounds like you need some chicken therapy as well. [​IMG]
  9. Chickemee

    Chickemee Songster

    Jul 30, 2007
    I know how you feel, when I was about 6yrs old my grandpas hen disapeared without a trace.
    Hope you start feeling better Ill keep you in my prayers.
  10. peepsnbunnies

    peepsnbunnies Songster

    Mar 31, 2007
    Central Florida
    I am so sorry for you. [​IMG]

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