Lost my first chicken :(

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Yankeechick, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. Yankeechick

    Yankeechick In the Brooder

    Jun 25, 2007
    Our coop has a nesting box with access from outside. DH opened it to retrieve our new white hen to show my mother and did not lock it after.

    This morning, I wondered why the chickens weren't out and when I went to check they were hiding in the coop. The new white one was gone and there was only one white feather to show for it.

    I think it was a racoon. I guess I should be grateful it didn't come back with its friends for the remaining three.

  2. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    How sad!
    I'll bet your DH feels just awful.
  3. cookinmom

    cookinmom Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Saint George GA
    Oh man, that's awful!!! I have that same kind of set-up! Our lid weighs a ton, but now I'm thinking we need a latch too. I am very sorry for your loss, but you probably just saved me from having the same kind, so I thank you... :aww
  4. FamilyOfChickens

    FamilyOfChickens Songster

    Mar 24, 2007
    Northwest Indiana
    Oh, how awful! Your DH probably is kicking himself over this. At least it only got one, instead of more, huh? [​IMG]
  5. Yankeechick

    Yankeechick In the Brooder

    Jun 25, 2007
    We found her!!!! She's not hurt - yippee!!!

    She was on the way high perch in the coop. I never looked there, because none of the chicks had ever gone up there yet. My son found her!

    Now I feel dumb........buy happy!
  6. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

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    that is awesome. like when my little Missy came home after 3 days
  7. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    thats good!! one time when i came home, my 6 week old chick gordita was missing. they were all out of their run (at the time i didnt know they could climb chicken wire, havent done it since now, their too heavy) gordita was missing. i found a pile of feathers after hours of searching. it was in the front yard (the front and back are fenced off) i asked my neighbor who has 8 outdoor cats if they brought home a dead chicken. they said no. i was really sad. then later, she came over to tell me that she had a chicken under her porch. i asked what color, and she said black (the one i lost was orangE) i was kinda angry at myself because another chicken was to be lost, and it was my fault. i went over there, and it wasnt black, it was just dark! it was gordita!

    apparently they got out of their run, and a cat came into our yard, and chased her off across the street, and she escaped by going through a wooden opening, which cats couldnt get into.
  8. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    Oh! Was I happy to come to the end of your post!
    I had a dog attack once that killed one and scattered my flock. I rounded everyone else up, but I couldn't find Alice, my favorite. All day she was gone, until I was closing up the coop in the evening, and she came squawking out of the woods and ran right inside! Yay! it's such a good feeling!

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