Lost Quail eggs, now the quail.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by WriterofWords, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    I posted my incubator had spiked to 120, I lost all 30 of my Jap quail eggs. Then to top it all off last night something attacked one of my quail cages on the porch. I found one hiding in a flower pot, 2 dead, my mom found a male, but two are still missing. No idea what did it, the chickens roosting on the porch right next to it weren't bothered at all. I didn't hear a thing, but whatever hit it, knocked the cage apart literally. I hope the eggs I sent out hatch, I'd like to know something of my babies lives on. The hen I found this morning laid an egg for me, she has a broken/dislocated wing, but she is doing good so far. My 4 upcoming babies are between 3 days and 3 weeks old, so it will be a bit before I have anymore.
    First time that has happened, I'm glad no one else was hurt. Except for Pudster the cat that is, something took a big patch of hide off of the back of his head too. But the vet said he's ok.
     
  2. hazelton farms

    hazelton farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to hear it! I hope you find the culprit!

    STacy
     
  3. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    Night before last we had a 4.5 foot long bull snake on the porch checking out a nest in a crate, but I don't think it could take that cage apart like that. I'll be listening very closely tonight.
     
  4. Tutter

    Tutter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry for your losses, and your kitty's injury!

    What was the cage constructed of? Was it homemade, and if so, with what type of wire?

    It's not good that a predator has learned you have a food source there. I hope that it won't happen again.
     
  5. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    It was a wire cage, store bought, that was put together with metal clamps at the corners. No sign of anything last night so I'm hoping they forgot about it! But I'm watching closely!
     

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