1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Lost my Ginny..Devastated!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by missy1971, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. missy1971

    missy1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

    475
    61
    116
    Dec 27, 2016
    Harris County Georgia
    I Lost my very favorite girl, I am so devastated.
    someone had posted what got theirs, that just took the head???.
    The Hammer is about to come down in this yard!! Thankfully my coop is secured now, she was in the yard when this happened. we found her in our across street neighbors yard behind their shed.
    So now all I have are my baby chicks.
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    25,646
    1,816
    448
    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Sorry for your loss! [​IMG] Hope you get the culprit!!!
     
  3. missy1971

    missy1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

    475
    61
    116
    Dec 27, 2016
    Harris County Georgia
    Thank you... i just cannot stop crying. Oh and the culprit is on borrowed time...gonna enjoy using the .22, going to get a trap tomorrow
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    77,278
    5,511
    686
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    So very sorry for you and your hen. I don't know about guns but, that sounds small. You don't want to miss. Use a cannon.
     
  5. missy1971

    missy1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

    475
    61
    116
    Dec 27, 2016
    Harris County Georgia
    Thank you, i cried myself to sleep and woke up crying...a lot of people have no clue that my chickens are my therapy because I suffer from severe depression and PTSD, among other things,and especially her since she was my first. So believe me, my gun is coming out and there is gonna be a come to Jesus meeting. Im also going to Harbour freight, the have security systems for great prices.
     
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

    6,631
    896
    336
    Sep 13, 2011
    I'm so sorry for your loss! Take good care of those babies. Mary
     
  7. missy1971

    missy1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

    475
    61
    116
    Dec 27, 2016
    Harris County Georgia
    So do y'all think that if I buried a few lengths of barbed wire around the run in addition to the other security measures that it would deter the diggers?
     
  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Overrun With Chickens

    7,843
    1,410
    391
    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    No - I would not bury barbed wire. Better to bury woven wire fencing or hardware cloth. With strips of barbed wire, there may be a chance of a predator going between the strands. As far as the .22, if you are in a residential area, that's probably going to be illegal. Better to secure your coop and run.
     
  9. missy1971

    missy1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

    475
    61
    116
    Dec 27, 2016
    Harris County Georgia
    Ok so, I have decided to put 2x4's around the bottom of the coop, buried some. Barbed wire around the top edge of the coop, and in spaces where the chickens cant go. In the run, I put hardware cloth on the chain link, and 4x2 boards around the entire bottom of the run with barbed wire in between the board and fence. oh and the barbed wire will also be going around the top of the run on the outside.
    I also got 4 traps to put in various places around to try and catch what i can. God help them...they wont leave the cage alive. I do have a question..what is the best bait to put in the trap to draw them?
    My friends here have been so helpful, with cages, and whatever else I've needed. Thanks to all of your advice on this, i feel like ive been so OCD about this...lol, well i have!
     
  10. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

    6,631
    896
    336
    Sep 13, 2011
    Barbed wire will be a waste of time, IMO. Small predators can easily go between the barbs. Use hardware cloth instead. Mary
     
    1 person likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by