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Lost my first girl today

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dana0710, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. dana0710

    dana0710 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 hens. We let them free range daily. I went out at 1 pm and only saw 4 if them, no noise, no feathers, nothing. Our backyard, which is their normal hangout is about 50 feet deep and we have a very thick wooded area behind is. I did the best I could walking the wood line (I broke my foot and am in a walking cast and i have bronchitis right now) but couldn't find anything. When my husband got home he checked through the woods and we spent hours calling for her. She just disappeared into thin air. I've been so upset trying to figure out what happened. I slept for about 2 hours and now I'm up for the day because I can't stop thinking about it. :-( what would have taken her silently during the middle if the day?
     
  2. petrel

    petrel Chats with Chickens

    I am very sorry to hear about your lost hen. Around here, a dog, coyote, or a person are the only things I could think of that could take a hen without leaving a trace.
     
  3. dana0710

    dana0710 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I'm thinking it very well could have been a fox or coyote. The rest if the girls are staying in the run until we figure it out. :-(
     
  4. AudreyRockz

    AudreyRockz Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. It's sad to lose something you love.

    A hawk or eagle may have taken her. Maybe a dog or wolf. Possibly even a bobcat.
     
  5. SoupytheChicken

    SoupytheChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Probably a Fox definitely if u find a small pile of feathers
     
  6. dana0710

    dana0710 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So far we haven't found a trace of her. I spent hours walking the wood line slowly and my husband has walked through the woods as best he can. They are very, very thick. The rest f the girls are stayin locked up right now and not very happy.
     

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