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Lost to a predator today...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by 5parrots&zoo, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. 5parrots&zoo

    5parrots&zoo In the Brooder

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    I was devastated when this afternoon, when I turned out my hens to free range in our front yard, only 7 of my 9 hens came out the gate. When I started looking, my Ameracauna was cowering under the hen house, and Pixie, my smallest hen, had been reduced to a pile of feathers, feet, head, and skeleton. My first thought was a hawk, and my husband thought maybe she expired, and perhaps a vulture got her. My question is, if it was a hawk, would there be blood spatters? There was none to be seen. She was found under overhanging branches of a tree that is just on the other side of the pen. This is my first hen that I have lost to a predator. I am so sad, and tomorrow, I am going to start working on putting the chicken wire over top of the coop. This is such an incredibly sad thing to happen, and I miss the sweet little one. RIP, my little lovely hen.
     

  2. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

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    Sorry to here you losr your hen. No hawks dont grnerally leave blood splatters unless they hit a main vessel when they attack. If all the feathers were close by thats probably what got your hen.
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  3. ChickcrazyCharlie

    ChickcrazyCharlie Chirping

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    Sorry about your little girl. If she was picked clean it probably was a hawk. I've lost several to hawks this year. They are locked up until I get the top on their run finished.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Sorry about your loss - sounds very much like a hawk kill. Work on getting the pen covered. The hawk will return now that it has been successful.
     
  5. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

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    Sorry to read of your hen getting killed.Hope the cover will stop the predators.
     

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