Lost my favorite girl

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Iwanabea Farmer, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. Iwanabea Farmer

    Iwanabea Farmer New Egg

    Nov 10, 2015
    I know its a sad way to start in a new place but I was pretty devastated yesterday after I came home and found a pile of feathers in the chicken run and my favorite girl (a silkie) was laying a little ways away.
    After surveying the area and looking at her body it was determined that one of the other chickens (or chickens) had done the deed.
    She was missing all of the feathers from her shoulders up. Upon investigating, one of the roosters had small black spots (dried blood) on his crown.
    He was put into solitary confinement for the night but it was really close to corporal punishment.

    A week or so ago I noticed and heard one of the smaller roosters getting feathers plucked constantly even when he was in a submissive position. I tried shooing from behind the fence but they didn't care. I went in the yard and ended up kicking a few away from the poor guy.
    I put an add on craigs list and a gentleman picked up 4 out of the 6 roosters I had. Unfortunately I must have not gotten the one that was the mean one and I regret that I didn't pay closer attention to them when I separated the chickens.
    I am hoping he will pick up this guy.

    Anyways thank you for letting me vent a little.
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm sorry for the loss of your Silkie. It's always sad to lose one of our flock. :eek:( Definitely get rid of that mean rooster. There is no good reason to keep a bad rooster. You don't want him injuring your other birds or people either and you don't want to breed that kind of aggression into your flock. One thing you will need to be careful of with Silkies; because they are bantams, if you have them in a mixed flock with standard sized breeds, they can take a beating from the larger birds. For this reason we have to remove our Silkies from the main flock and keep them in their own separate enclosure. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  3. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


    Sorry for your loss. I hope you are able to figure out who the bully is/are.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    So sorry you lost your favorite girl. [​IMG]. If you don't need fertile eggs to hatch or sell, you don't have to have a rooster. Your hens will continue to lay just as many eggs without them and would not be damaged or harassed by roosters.
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I'm sorry for your loss [​IMG]
  7. Iwanabea Farmer

    Iwanabea Farmer New Egg

    Nov 10, 2015
    Thank you everyone.
    I have someone picking up the rooster in question who has been in solitary confinement so to speak.
    He almost ended up in the freezer. Even though I have butchered probably thousands of chickens growing up, I couldn't bring myself to initiate corporal punishment as an adult.
    The sad thing is I acquired my silkies as a pair.
    My other chickens are buff orpingtons that I got as chicks in June.
    On the bright side I got my first egg the other day :).

    I'm learning more as I go and I am glad there are places like this to acquire information.
    Have a great weekend.
  8. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]

    Yes this happens when there is way to many roo's in the yard and it really don't matter how much room they have .......

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